Canadian retailer Sobeys has reported higher half-year earnings, after posting an increase in second-quarter profits and sales.

For the first six months of the year ended 5 November, Sobeys posted net earnings of C$150m (US$145.1m), up 8.3%. Operating profit increased 4.3% to reach C$245.2m. The group reported a 3.3% increase in sales to reach C$8.09bn.

Sobey’s posted net earnings of $68.5m for its second quarter, up 14.7%. Operating profit reached $109.8m for the quarter, an increase of 8% on last year.

Sales for the period reached $3.98bn, climbing 3.4%. During the quarter, same-store sales increased 1.9%.

Sobeys’ parent company, Canadian conglomerate Empire Co., said the growth was mainly because of “modest inflation, increased retail selling square footage from new stores and enlargements”, as well as ongoing sales and merchandising initiatives.

“We are pleased with our second quarter and fiscal year-to-date results in what remains a very competitive marketplace,” Empire president and CEO Paul Sobey said.

“The implementation of Sobeys’ recently announced organisational reset over the coming year is another step along our continuous improvement path to optimise our resources and performance company-wide.”