MONTREAL — Metro Inc. on Wednesday said costs controls and timing of the Christmas holiday helped to boost earnings and sales in the fiscal first quarter. For the period that ended Dec. 22, net earnings climbed 17% to $121.4 million on sales of $2.7 billion (U.S.). Sales rose 2.7%, and same-store sales improved 1.5%. Same-store sales benefitted by about 1% as the result of a shift of some Christmas holiday sales occurring in the first quarter, whereas the corresponding period a ...

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