PUBLIX SALES, EARNINGS UP IN Q2 LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix Super Markets last week reported improved sales and earnings in the second quarter. Sales of $6.2 billion increased 3.4% from last year's $6 billion, while comparable-stores increased by 2.4%. Publix attributed 1% of the sales increases to new stores. Net earnings improved 15.8% to $348.4 million and earnings per share were 44 cents, up from 38 cents. Gross profit as a percentage of sales improved to 28.7% from 28.2%, due mainly to ...

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