Minneapolis-based food retailer and distributor Nash Finch Co has reported a 37% increase in comparable earnings of US$5.9m, or 48 cents/diluted share, in the Q1 ended 23 March 2002, compared with US$4.3m, or 36 cents/diluted share, excluding goodwill amortisation in the previous year. Earnings for the Q1 of 2001 were US$3.3m, 28 cents/diluted share, including goodwill amortisation.