US grocery chain Winn-Dixie Stores revealed today sales and operating results for its third quarter of fiscal 2001. The chain is one of the nation's largest retail food chains controlling over 1,155 outlets. Sales fell during Q3 of 2001, as the company closed its more unprofitable departments, such as dry cleaners, or salad bars and reduced the number of stores that are open 24 hours. Sales fell by 5.7% compared to the same period last year, down US$183m to US$3bn. Individual store sales also fell, by 5.3% for the quarter and 4.2% for the year to date.