PRESSURES IN OHIO MAKE SPARTAN SEE FLAT COMPS

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Spartan Stores here said ongoing competitive pressures in Ohio have prompted it to redirect more capital investment to stores in the Toledo area and to lower overall sales expectations for the year.James B. Meyer, chairman, president and chief executive officer, said Spartan anticipates same-store sales for the year will be "flattish" -- possibly rising or falling by 1%, he

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Spartan Stores here said ongoing competitive pressures in Ohio have prompted it to redirect more capital investment to stores in the Toledo area and to lower overall sales expectations for the year.

James B. Meyer, chairman, president and chief executive officer, said Spartan anticipates same-store sales for the year will be "flattish" -- possibly rising or falling by 1%, he noted -- rather than increasing by 1% to 3% as the company had been anticipating.

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