STELLARTON, Nova Scotia — The addition of acquired gas stations and convenience stores helped Empire Cos. boost sales and profits during the fiscal second quarter, the company said Thursday. Empire is the parent of the Sobeys chain. Net earnings in the quarter, which ended Nov. 3, improved 19.5% to $94.7 million (U.S.) on an overall sales gain of 9.1% to $4.5 billion (U.S.). Excluding the effect of 236 acquired gas and convenience locations, revenues improved 2.7%, with ...

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