MINNEAPOLIS β€” Nash Finch here said last week it expects sales in its retail store segment to improve between 100 and 200 basis points during the first quarter. Retail comps for the fourth quarter, which ended Jan. 1, were down 3.5%, compared with negative 6.3% in the third quarter, β€œand with corporate stores actually performing on a much-improved basis from what they have been, we're expecting continued improvement going into 2011,” Alec C. Covington, president and chief executive officer, ...

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