CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Continued strong performance at the Harris Teeter chain — including comparable-store gains driven by increased store traffic — helped parent company Ruddick Corp. post a 15.6% increase in earnings for the third quarter ended June 29, the company said Thursday. Consolidated sales of $3 billion for the quarter increased 10% from the same period last year. Excluding American & Efird, a thread company also owned by Ruddick, Harris Teeter boosted sales by 10.8% to $926.3 ...

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