Loblaw posts quarterly, annual gains

Loblaw Cos. Ltd. reported Q4 net earnings of $541 million, or $1.72 per share, up from $529 million ($1.62) a year earlier. Sales rose by 3.7 percent to $14.5 billion. Revenues for the full year came to $59.53 billion, an increase of 5.4 percent. Net earnings grew by 9.4 percent to $2.09 billion.