SPRINGFIELD, N.J., March 8, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Village Super Market, Inc. (Nasdaq:VLGEA) today reported its results of operations for the second quarter ended January 29, 2011. Net income was $6,616,000 in the second quarter of fiscal 2011, a decrease of 2% from the second quarter of the prior year. Net income decreased primarily due to lower gross profit as a percentage of sales. This decrease was substantially offset by improved sales and lower operating expenses as a percentage of sales. Sales were $329,917,000 in the second quarter of fiscal 2011, an increase of 4.6% from the second quarter of the prior year. Sales increased due to the opening of the Washington, NJ replacement store on February 21, 2010 and a same store sales increase of 3.1%. This compares to a same store sales decrease in the second quarter of the prior year of 1.7% and flat same store sales in the first quarter of fiscal 2011. Same store sales increased due to improved sales in the Marmora store, higher sales in one store due to a store closing by a competitor, a substantial increase in transaction counts and a slight increase in average transaction size. Sales continue to be impacted by changing consumer behavior due to economic weakness which has resulted in increased sale item penetration and trading down. The Company expects same store sales in fiscal 2011, excluding the impact of the 53 rd week in the prior year, to range from 1% to 3%. Gross profit as a percentage of sales decreased to 26.9% in the second quarter of fiscal 2011 compared to 27.3% in the second quarter of the prior year primarily due to decreased departmental gross margin percentages, lower patronage dividends and higher LIFO charges. These declines were partially offset by lower warehouse assessment charges from Wakefern. Operating and administrative expense as a percentage of sales decreased to 21.9% in the second quarter of fiscal 2011 compared to 22.3% in the second quarter of the prior year primarily due to lower payroll and benefit costs, partly due to operating leverage from the 3.1% same store sales increase. These improvements were partially offset by increased snow removal cost.