SOBEYS' SALES HELP BOOST EMPIRE'S Q3 RESULTS STELLARTON, Nova Scotia — Same-store sales gains of 2% at Sobeys supermarkets helped its parent company, Empire Cos., based here, lift third-quarter earnings 52% to $49 million, the company said last week. Sobeys' overall sales increased 8.4% to $3.5 billion for the quarter, which ended Feb. 2. The company said competitive pricing and square-footage increases, including the acquisition of Thrifty Foods, helped spark the sales increase. GELSON'S ...

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