SPARTAN CITES COMPETITION IN LOSS

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Spartan Stores here posted its first quarterly loss as a public company last week, citing competition, poor operating and merchandising execution in its Ohio stores, the weak economy and the unusually warm winter in Michigan.For the 12-week fourth quarter ended March 30, the company reported a loss of $5 million, vs. profits of $3.4 million in the year-ago period. Net sales

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Spartan Stores here posted its first quarterly loss as a public company last week, citing competition, poor operating and merchandising execution in its Ohio stores, the weak economy and the unusually warm winter in Michigan.

For the 12-week fourth quarter ended March 30, the company reported a loss of $5 million, vs. profits of $3.4 million in the year-ago period. Net sales were $764.8 million, down 11.7% from sales of $865.6 million in the year-ago period, whi

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