Publix Super Markets said its profits were up 4.8% in the first quarter, to $493.7 million, driven by comparable-store sales gains of 4%. CONNECT WITH SN ON TWITTER Follow @SN_News for updates throughout the day. Net income at the Lakeland, Fla.-based retailer totaled $493.7 million on sales of $7.8 billion, a top-line increase of 4.1%. Publix estimated that its sales were negatively impacted by 1.3% due to the later Easter this year. The Easter holiday occured in the first quarter ...

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