US regional retailer Publix saw its earnings and sales climb in the first half of the year.

In the six month period, earnings reached US$872.1m, compared to a net profit of $791m last year, an increase of 10.3%.

Sales grew 5% to reach $14.5bn, while comparable-store were up 3%.

In the second quarter, earnings were up 5% to $400.9m, while sales grew 3.8% to $7bn.

Publix, however, said sales were negatively impacted by around 1.3 percentage points due to the Easter holiday being in the first quarter of 2013 but in the second quarter of 2012. Comparable-store sales increased 2.1%.

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