STELLARTON, Nova Scotia — Sobeys here on Tuesday reported an increase in operating income for the third fiscal quarter of 0.9%, to $339.9 million (U.S.), while same-store sales fell 0.4% for the period. Sales at Sobeys, which comprises most of the revenues for parent company Empire Cos., were $3.95 billion, up 1.5% vs. year-ago levels. Fiscal year-to-date sales for the food retailing division were about $12 billion, also up 1.5%. Same-store sales for the 39-week period, which ended Jan. ...

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