MATTHEWS, N.C. -- Ruddick Corp., parent company of Harris Teeter here, said strong comparable-store sales boosted total sales for the third quarter and 39 weeks ended June 27.
e stores since last year's third quarter. Operating income for the quarter was up 4% to $24 million.
For the year-to-date period, sales increased 3.1% to $1.9 billion. Comps were up 2.3%, while operating income for the nine-month period rose 10% to $76.1 million.
The company said operating-profit