JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Effective promotional spending over the holiday season sparked a 1% year-over-year improvement in quarterly gross margins for Winn-Dixie Stores here, results that were stronger than the company's officers had anticipated. “When we began the [fiscal] year we knew we had a significant opportunity to improve gross margins in the first and second quarters [and] we knew it would be challenging,” Peter Lynch, chief executive officer, said in a conference call discussing ...

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