Nash Finch Company (Nasdaq: NAFC), a Fortune 500 Minneapolis-based food retailer and distributor, today reported for the third quarter ended October 6, 2001, that net earnings rose 50 percent to $6.0 million, or 50 cents per diluted share, compared to net earnings of $4.0 million, or 35 cents per diluted share, reported for the third quarter of 2000. Total revenues for the third quarter of 2001 were $1.275 billion versus revenues of $1.205 billion for the third quarter of 2000, a 6 percent increase.