LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix Super Markets on Thursday said that sales and earnings grew in the third quarter despite a weak economy. The chain said sales improved 4.4% to $6.7 billion, while comparable-store sales improved by 2.5%. Net earnings totaled $368.4 million, an increase of 18.1% from the same period last year. Read more: Publix Stores Answer ‘See For Yourself’ Ads Publix' sales for the first nine months of 2012 were $20.5 billion, a 3.9% ...

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