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• Nash Finch said that its third quarter sales were $1.633 billion compared to $1.416 billion in the prior-year quarter, an increase of 15.3%. Q3 earnings were $21.9 million, as compared to net earnings of $7.7 million in the prior year quarter.

• J. Sainsbury reports that its first half net profit was up 48 percent to the equivalent of $417.6 million (US), on sales that were up 3.7 percent to $18.61 billion (US). Same-store sales - excluding fuel but including VAT, were up 5.7 percent.

• Anheuser-Busch InBev said that its third quarter revenue was $9.76 billion, down from combined revenue of $10.89 billion for A-B and inBev before they merged last year. Q3 profit was $1.55 billion, but the company said that year-ago comparisons were not being made with pre-merger revenue numbers. (Analysts, however, noted that in the July-September period in 2008, InBev made $690 million and AB $666.1 million.)
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