EFFICIENCIES HELP NASH FINCH BEAT EXPECTATIONS

MINNEAPOLIS -- Nash Finch here said last week it experienced increased earnings of 45 cents per share for the fourth quarter ended Dec. 30. as core reasons for the increase.The earnings exceeded those predicted by a poll of analysts at First Call/Thomson Financial, who expected earnings for the quarter to be 40 cents per share.For the year, total sales dropped 2.6% to $4 billion, and earnings rose

MINNEAPOLIS -- Nash Finch here said last week it experienced increased earnings of 45 cents per share for the fourth quarter ended Dec. 30.

as core reasons for the increase.

The earnings exceeded those predicted by a poll of analysts at First Call/Thomson Financial, who expected earnings for the quarter to be 40 cents per share.

For the year, total sales dropped 2.6% to $4 billion, and earnings rose 19% to $106.6 million.

Total sales for the quarter increas

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