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PUBLIX'S Q2 PROFITS UP, COMPS DOWN LAKELAND, Fla. Publix Super Markets here said net earnings improved by 1.7% on a 2.7% sales gain for the second quarter. However, comparable-store sales decreased by 2.6%. Publix's stock, which is not publicly traded and available only to directors and employees, increased by 50 cents a share to $16.05. Although the economy continues to be weak, I'm pleased with

PUBLIX'S Q2 PROFITS UP, COMPS DOWN

LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix Super Markets here said net earnings improved by 1.7% on a 2.7% sales gain for the second quarter. However, comparable-store sales decreased by 2.6%. Publix's stock, which is not publicly traded and available only to directors and employees, increased by 50 cents a share to $16.05. “Although the economy continues to be weak, I'm pleased with the improvement in our operating results and stock price,” Ed Crenshaw, chief exe

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