LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix Super Markets here on Wednesday said sales in the fiscal first quarter totaled $7.5 billion — a 6.1% increase helped in part by the shift of Easter sales to the period. Publix said Easter sales — which fell in the second quarter a year ago — increased quarterly sales by 1.3%. Comparable-store sales for the period improved by 3.9%. Net earnings for the quarter were $471.3 million, compared to $409.4 million in 2012, an increase of 15.1%, ...

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