Nash Finch Posts Profit Gains

MINNEAPOLIS — Nash Finch here posted first-quarter results that were better than analysts' weakened expectations, and it projected ongoing growth. Net income for the quarter, which ended on March 28, rose about 36%, to $14.4 million, on a 14% gain in sales, to $1.14 billion. Excluding the impact of the sales increase from the Jan. 31 acquisition of three military distribution centers, sales rose 2.4%.

MINNEAPOLIS — Nash Finch here posted first-quarter results that were better than analysts' weakened expectations, and it projected ongoing growth.

Net income for the quarter, which ended on March 28, rose about 36%, to $14.4 million, on a 14% gain in sales, to $1.14 billion. Excluding the impact of the sales increase from the Jan. 31 acquisition of three military distribution centers, sales rose 2.4%.

The quarter also was negatively impacted by the shift of Easter to th

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