Sobey's grocery store chain owner Empire Company Ltd. says first-quarter profit slipped to $81.6-million on lower capital gains.
The company said its earnings amounted to $1.19 per share, an a decrease from $89.7-million, or $1.31 per share a year ago.
Revenue increased by 1.8 per cent to $4.04-billion.
"Empire's operating earnings and financial condition continued to strengthen in the first quarter of fiscal 2011 as a result of continued solid performance from Sobeys and our real estate division," said president and CEO Paul Sobey in a release.
"Moving forward, the focus on our core businesses is unwavering as we work together to build long-term sustainable value."
Real estate revenue in the quarter was up to $19.1-million, up $4-million.