COSTS, PROMOTIONS IMPACT STATER BROS. 1Q PROFITS

COLTON, Calif. - Stater Bros. Holdings said promotional activity related to the holiday season impacted profitability in its fiscal first quarter, which ended Dec. 25, 2005.R The company, which operates 163 supermarkets,said first-quarter net income was basically flat at $3.3 million, while sales increased 3.33%, to $867 million, compared with the year-ago first quarter. Comparable-store sales increased

COLTON, Calif. - Stater Bros. Holdings said promotional activity related to the holiday season impacted profitability in its fiscal first quarter, which ended Dec. 25, 2005.

R> The company, which operates 163 supermarkets,

said first-quarter net income was basically flat at $3.3 million, while sales increased 3.33%, to $867 million, compared with the year-ago first quarter. Comparable-store sales increased 0.28% for the 13-week period.

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