MATTHEWS, N.C. — Ruddick Corp. here on Thursday said operating profits at its Harris Teeter chain increased 7.1% in the fiscal second quarter to $50.5 million, driven by sales gains and efficiencies. Comparable-store sales were up 1.42% for the 13-week quarter, which ended April 3, and total sales were up 4.9%, to $1.05 billion, compared with year-ago results. Through 26 weeks operating profits at Harris Teeter rose 6.7% to $95.4 million, on a 5.5% increase in sales, to $2.08 billion. ...
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