STELLARTON, Nova Scotia — Price inflation is slowly returning to Canada, but so too is price competition. Officials of Sobeys here last week said that modest inflation and new stores and expansions helped the retailer post a 3.3% sales gain and a 3.6% increase in net earnings contribution during the fiscal first quarter, which ended Aug. 6. Sobeys' results were reported along financial results from its parent company, Empire Cos. Sobeys earned $82.4 million on sales of $4.1 billion (U.S.). ...

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