Better productivity has boosted profits at regional US retailer Weis Markets, which has seen sales remain flat in the first half of its financial year.

The company said yesterday (31 July) its net income increased 10% in the six months to the end of June to US$43.2m. Operating income was up 9.7% at $65.7m.

The better profits came despite flat sales. Net sales increased 0.2% to $1.3bn, with comparable-store sales inching up 0.7%.

“We are operating in a stagnant sales environment resulting from the poor economy and intense competition,” president and CEO David Hepfinger said.

“In the second quarter, we continued to improve efficiencies and productivity at store level and in our supply chain while enhancing quality of our customer shopping experience in terms of our in-stock position and overall freshness.”