OPERATING PROFIT, SALES CLIMB AT HARRIS TEETER

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Ruddick Corp. here, parent company of Harris Teeter, also here, said sales for the 142-store supermarket chain increased 7% and same-store sales rose 4.8% for the third quarter ended July 2.The chain's operating profit for the 13-week quarter rose 14% to $11.8 million -- the result of increased sales and a more favorable product mix, the company said -- while operating profit for

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Ruddick Corp. here, parent company of Harris Teeter, also here, said sales for the 142-store supermarket chain increased 7% and same-store sales rose 4.8% for the third quarter ended July 2.

The chain's operating profit for the 13-week quarter rose 14% to $11.8 million -- the result of increased sales and a more favorable product mix, the company said -- while operating profit for the nine months rose 17.9% to $32.3 million.

Harris Teeter sales rose 7% to $432 million for the quarter and 8.3% to $1.3 billion for the year to date. Besides the 4.8% same-store sales increase for the third quarter, the company reported a same-store sales hike of 6.9% for the nine-month period.

Lee Wilder, a securities analyst with the Atlanta office of Interstate/Johnson Lane here, said Harris Teeter's strong results "reflect the payback for a lot of investments in remodeling and replacements over the past couple of years, which have resulted in incremental increases in sales per transaction.

"While last year's same-store gains of 4% to 5% were the result of a switch to 24-hour operations, those gains are behind it now, and the numbers are truly a function of the store remodeling and enlargement program."

Ruddick said overall net earnings rose 22% to $11.3 million for the quarter and 30% to $29.9 million for the nine months, while total sales climbed 8% to $526 million for the quarter and 9% to $1.5 billion for the year to date.

3RD-QUARTER RESULTS

Qtr Ended 7/2/95 7/3/94

Sales $526 million $487 million

Change + 8%

Net Income $11.3 million $9.3 million

Change + 22%

Inc/Share 48 cents 39 cents

39 Weeks 1995 1994

Sales $1.5 billion $1.4 billion

Change + 9%

Net Income $29.9 million $23 million

Change + 30%

Inc/Share $1.28 97 cents

Results are for Ruddick Corp.