Canadian grocery chain Loblaw has reported a 22% increase in quarterly profit, while its supermarket sales increased 9%. Loblaw, which operates supermarkets under the Provigo and Loblaws banners, posted second-quarter earnings of C$182m (US$130.3m), or 65 Canadian cents a share, compared to $149m, or 54 cents a share, in the year-ago period. Analysts polled by Reuters had expected, on average, 64 cents a share.