GROWING COSTS FAIL TO CUT PROFITS AT SMART & FINAL

LOS ANGELES -- Smart & Final here said last week that despite increasing expenses net earnings rose 86.3% to $4.1 million in the 16-week third quarter ended Oct. 8.growth also caused performance-based incentive pay to increase $1.1 million in the quarter, $3 million year-to-date. Consulting fees, related to improving produce procurement, were up $1.3 million in the first three quarters.However, the

LOS ANGELES -- Smart & Final here said last week that despite increasing expenses net earnings rose 86.3% to $4.1 million in the 16-week third quarter ended Oct. 8.

growth also caused performance-based incentive pay to increase $1.1 million in the quarter, $3 million year-to-date. Consulting fees, related to improving produce procurement, were up $1.3 million in the first three quarters.

However, the company noted that the increase in marketing expense supported the compan

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