Empire Company Ltd. reported a quarterly profit of $178.5 million, up from $171.9 million a year earlier, as its sales also climbed higher.
Sales in the 14-week period ending May 7 totalled $7.84 billion, up from $6.92 billion, helped by the additional week of operations, the acquisition of Longo's, higher fuel sales, increased food inflation, and the expansion of FreshCo in Western Canada and Farm Boy in Ontario.
Same-store sales excluding fuel fell 2.5% compared to the COVID-elevated sales levels last year.
The company unveiled its new grocery loyalty program in the quarter, which it says is one of the final building blocks in its transformation journey.
In its outlook, Empire says it is continuing to experience supply chain challenges, largely related to labour shortages, and cost inflationary pressures, but is focused on supplier relationships and negotiations to ensure competitive pricing for consumers.