STELLARTON, Nova Scotia — Empire Cos. here said same-store sales at its Sobeys division rose 7.6% in the third quarter, which the company attributed in large part to successful operating improvements. Perry Caicco, an analyst at CIBC World Markets, Toronto, said the results for the quarter — which also included a big jump in profitability — reflect a long period of investment in new technologies and in store remodels at Sobeys, which is the second-largest operator in Canada behind Loblaw ...

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