Metro Inc. reported a profit of $222.4 million in its latest quarter, up from $167.5 million a year ago, as sales also climbed higher.
The retailer says the profit amounted to 86 cents per diluted share for the 16-week period ended July 6 compared with a profit of 69 cents per diluted share in the same quarter last year.
Sales in what was the company’s third quarter totalled $5.23 billion, up from $4.64 billion, boosted by the addition of Jean Coutu Group.
Food same-store sales were up 3.1%, while pharmacy same-store sales were up 3.4%.
On an adjusted basis, Metro says it earned 90 cents per share in its most recent quarter compared with an adjusted profit of 75 cents per share a year ago.
Analysts on average had expected an adjusted profit of 92 cents per share for the quarter, according to the financial markets data firm Refinitiv.