Publix Super Markets on Monday said first-quarter sales of $8.7 billion increased by 4.5% from the same period last year.
Comparable-store sales for the quarter increased by 3.3%. The Lakeland, Fla., company estimated around $100 million in sales — or 1.2% — benefited as the result of the Easter holiday during the first quarter. A year ago, the effect of the Easter holiday was in the second quarter. The company said the e