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•  Publix Super Markets said this week that "sales for the fiscal year ended Dec. 28, 2019 were $38.1 billion, a 5.6% increase from $36.1 billion in 2018. Comparable store sales for the fiscal year ended Dec. 28, 2019 increased 3.6%.  Net earnings for the fiscal year ended Dec. 28, 2019 were $3 billion, compared to $2.4 billion in 2018, an increase of 26.2%."

Q4 sales "were $9.8 billion, a 5.1% increase from $9.3 billion in 2018. Comparable store sales for the three months ended Dec. 28, 2019 increased 3.6% … Net earnings for the three months ended Dec. 28, 2019 were $789.3 million, compared to $407 million in 2018, an increase of 94%."

•  The BBC reports that "John Lewis has warned it could close shops as a plunge in profits forced it to cut staff bonuses to their lowest level in almost 70 years.

"The retailer, which also owns Waitrose, has launched a review of the business which it said would involve 'right sizing' its stores across both brands.  The review would involve store closures 'where necessary' as well as space reduction in existing stores, it said."

The BBC story notes that "the John Lewis Partnership is owned by its staff - known as partners - who usually receive a bonus each year.  This year, staff bonuses have been set at 2%, the lowest since 1953 when it paid no bonus."