MOVE TO LARGER STORES CITED AS WINN-DIXIE RESULTS RISE

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Winn-Dixie Stores here said its transition to larger stores helped fuel sales and earnings increases for the third quarter and 40 weeks ended April 3.$3.04 billion for the quarter and 11.7% to $9.9 billion for the 40 weeks. Same-store sales were up 3.7% for the quarter and 5% for the year-to-date. Average store sales increased 7.7% for the quarter and 9.7% for the 40 weeks.Forty-seven

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Winn-Dixie Stores here said its transition to larger stores helped fuel sales and earnings increases for the third quarter and 40 weeks ended April 3.

$3.04 billion for the quarter and 11.7% to $9.9 billion for the 40 weeks. Same-store sales were up 3.7% for the quarter and 5% for the year-to-date. Average store sales increased 7.7% for the quarter and 9.7% for the 40 weeks.

Forty-seven stores are under construction, with 20 expected to open in the fourth

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