PUBLIX REPORTS NET OFF SLIGHTLY IN QUARTER

LAKELAND, Fla. (FNS) -- Publix Super Markets here reported a slowdown in sales growth and lower net earnings for the first quarter ended March 26, according to a report filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.Earnings for three months fell 1.1% to $77.2 million from $78 million in the comparable period last year.Sales increased 10.6% in the quarter to $2.4 billion from $2.2 billion in 1994's

LAKELAND, Fla. (FNS) -- Publix Super Markets here reported a slowdown in sales growth and lower net earnings for the first quarter ended March 26, according to a report filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Earnings for three months fell 1.1% to $77.2 million from $78 million in the comparable period last year.

Sales increased 10.6% in the quarter to $2.4 billion from $2.2 billion in 1994's first quarter. Sales increased 11.4% in last year's first quarter and 16%

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