MATTHEWS, N.C. -- Harris Teeter here, a division of Ruddick Corp., Charlotte, N.C., said continuing growth in same-store sales, and effective management of operational costs and promotional strategies, helped boost sales and earnings for the year and fourth quarter that ended Oct. 3. Sales for the 53-week year rose 5.8% to $2.6 billion, and comps increased 3%. Operating profits climbed 11.5% to $104.4 million. For the 14-week fourth quarter, sales increased 14% to $689.9 million, and comps ...

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