DAYVILLE, Conn. — United Natural Foods Inc. here last week said expense controls and lower diesel-fuel costs helped drive profits up sharply in the fiscal third quarter, although sales in its core natural-and-organics business remained sluggish. “While we were optimistic that current sales trends should improve, there has not been any meaningful evidence of change,” said Steven Spinner, president and chief executive officer, during a conference call with analysts. The company said it ...

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