The strong performance of Canadian retailer Sobeys has helped its parent Empire Co. report a rise in third-quarter earnings and revenues.

Paul Sobey, president and CEO said: "Empire's consolidated earnings and improving financial
condition continue to reflect the strong earnings performance of Sobeys. Together with above-plan
performance from our real estate division and our investments and other operations, we are pleased to report another solid quarter."

The company recorded net earnings of C$68.3m (US$66.3m) in the three months to 30 January, compared to C$61.3m in the third quarter last year. Revenues reached C$3.84bn up 1%.

Sobeys, the company's food retailing division, reported sales for the third quarter of C$3.77bn compared to C$3.74bn for the same quarter last year, an increase of 0.9%. Sobeys' same-store sales increased by 0.3%.

Sobeys reported third quarter net earnings of $63.5m, an increase of 18%.

For further details on Empire's results, go here.