HARRIS TEETER COMPS UP, RUDDICK CORP. PROFIT DOWN

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Ruddick Corp. here said it expects comparable store sales growth at its Harris Teeter subsidiary to exceed 2% for the first quarter ended Dec. 31.ring the last fiscal quarter."However, he said sales results for the quarter were uneven in non-core markets. "These are markets that we continue to focus on [as we] evaluate ways to achieve greater sales potential," Dickson said.Ruddick

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Ruddick Corp. here said it expects comparable store sales growth at its Harris Teeter subsidiary to exceed 2% for the first quarter ended Dec. 31.

ring the last fiscal quarter."

However, he said sales results for the quarter were uneven in non-core markets. "These are markets that we continue to focus on [as we] evaluate ways to achieve greater sales potential," Dickson said.

Ruddick said earnings per share could be slightly lower than the 26 cents

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