(July 17) Nash Finch Co., a Minneapolis-based national food retailer and distributor, has increased its fiscal 2002 earnings guidance in response to a 27% increase in comparable earnings from this year’s second quarter to last year’s, a company report shows.

Robert Dimond, executive vice president and chief financial officer, said in the report that Nash Finch has raised its earnings guidance to range between $2.50 to $2.55 per diluted share. For the third quarter, the company expects diluted earnings per share to range from 68 to 70 cents, compared to 62 cents during last year’s third quarter, excluding goodwill amortization.

The announcement was made on the heels of the report, which showed comparable earnings of $8.1 million, or 66 cents per diluted share, in the second quarter, which ended June 15. That compares to $6.4 million, or 53 cents per diluted share, excluding goodwill amortization, last year.

Total revenues for the quarter were $931.7 million, down from $949.6 million last year.