CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Ruddick Corp. here, parent of the Harris Teeter supermarket chain, reported that net income decreased slightly but sales rose for the first quarter ended Dec. 31. Earnings dropped 2.4% from $8.3 million to $8.1 million but sales increased 7.3% from $493.6 million to $529.7 million. Overall sales at Harris Teeter jumped 9.1% from $423.9 million to $462.6 million and same-store sales jumped 4.6%. Operating profit was up 21% from $10 million to $12.1 million due to ...

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