US retailer Publix saw comparable-store sales fall by almost 3% during the first quarter of the year, the company announced today (1 May).

Publix, which has over 1,000 stores in five south-eastern US states including Florida, said sales dipped 2.8%. Turnover was up 2.2% to US$6.4bn.

Net earnings fell 6.3% to $321.5m.