STELLARTON, Nova Scotia — Effective selling and merchandising initiatives helped Sobeys post a 3.5% gain in same-store sales during its fiscal first quarter ended Aug. 4, officials said. Sales of $3.33 billion (U.S.) increased 4.1% from the same period a year ago while the retailer contributed around $43.5 million in earnings to Empire Cos., its parent company, during the quarter. Bill McEwan, president and chief executive officer of Sobeys, in a conference call said the retailer has made ...

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