SYDNEY, Australia (FNS) -- Woolworths here reported that its supermarket sales rose by 9% to $6.973 billion Australian ($5.334 billion U.S.) in the half year ended Jan. 5, 1997. result for this group was regarded as satisfactory." The company's total operating profit rose 9% to $148 million Australian ($113 million U.S.) on group sales of $8.217 billion ($6.286 billion U.S.). Iliffe said the general merchandise group (Big W and the Variety stores) recorded a sales increase of 10% to $1.025 ...

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