WHOLESALE GAINS, RETAIL STORES DRIVE NASH FINCH PROFITS

MINNEAPOLIS -- Nash Finch here last week said sales gains in its distribution segment and improvements in its retail store base drove a surge in profits in the first quarter.In a conference call discussing results for the 12 weeks ended March 26, the company said it expected its recently acquired warehouses in Indiana and Ohio would be integrated relatively seamlessly."There's nothing that's particularly

MINNEAPOLIS -- Nash Finch here last week said sales gains in its distribution segment and improvements in its retail store base drove a surge in profits in the first quarter.

In a conference call discussing results for the 12 weeks ended March 26, the company said it expected its recently acquired warehouses in Indiana and Ohio would be integrated relatively seamlessly.

"There's nothing that's particularly heavy lifting here -- there's just a lot of it," said Ron Marshall, cha

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