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Empire reports Q1 profit up nearly 50% year over year

Sobeys' parent company sees steady increases in fiscal 2021 first-quarter results
(CNW Group/Sobeys Inc.)

Empire Co. Ltd., which owns the Sobeys and Safeway grocery chains, reported its first-quarter profit rose nearly 50% compared with a year ago as its sales climbed 9%.

The grocer says it earned $191.9 million or 71 cents per diluted share for the quarter ended Aug. 1, up from a profit of $130.6 million or 48 cents per diluted share a year earlier.

Empire says the results for its most recent quarter included a gain of eight cents per share from a significant real estate transaction as well as a lump sum payment of four cents per share related to a collective bargaining agreement ratified in Alberta.

Store closure and conversion costs amounted to three cents per share for the quarter compared with six cents per share a year ago.

Sales in the 13-week period totalled $7.35 billion, up from $6.74 billion a year ago.

Same-store sales were up 8.6% in the quarter compared with a gain of 1.7% a year ago, while same-store sales excluding fuel sales were up 11% compared with a gain of 2.4% in the same period last year.

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