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Empire reports Q1 profit up nearly 50 per cent from year ago, sales up nine per cent

STELLARTON, N.S. — Empire Co. Ltd., which owns the Sobeys and Safeway grocery chains, reported its first-quarter profit rose nearly 50 per cent compared with a year ago as its sales climbed nine per cent. The grocer says it earned $191.
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STELLARTON, N.S. — Empire Co. Ltd., which owns the Sobeys and Safeway grocery chains, reported its first-quarter profit rose nearly 50 per cent compared with a year ago as its sales climbed nine per cent.

The grocer says it earned $191.9 million or 71 cents per diluted share for the quarter ended Aug. 1, up from a profit of $130.6 million or 48 cents per diluted share a year earlier.

Empire says the results for its most recent quarter included a gain of eight cents per share from a significant real estate transaction as well as a lump sum payment of four cents per share related to a collective bargaining agreement ratified in Alberta.

Store closure and conversion costs amounted to three cents per share for the quarter compared with six cents per share a year ago.

Sales in the 13-week period totalled $7.35 billion, up from $6.74 billion a year ago.

Same-store sales were up 8.6 per cent in the quarter compared with a gain of 1.7 per cent a year ago, while same-store sales excluding fuel sales were up 11.0 per cent compared with a gain of 2.4 per cent in the same period last year.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 10, 2020.

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