SPARTAN: COMP-STORE SALES BOOST 3RD-QUARTER PERFORMANCE

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Spartan Stores here said strong comparable-store sales growth and improvements in distribution helped drive consolidated net sales gains of 5.1% in the 16-week third quarter ended Jan. 3, although the company still reported a loss." said Craig C. Sturken, chairman, president and chief executive officer, Spartan.The company operates 57 retail food stores under several different

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Spartan Stores here said strong comparable-store sales growth and improvements in distribution helped drive consolidated net sales gains of 5.1% in the 16-week third quarter ended Jan. 3, although the company still reported a loss.

" said Craig C. Sturken, chairman, president and chief executive officer, Spartan.

The company operates 57 retail food stores under several different banners and 21 deep-discount drug stores. Last month, the company unveiled

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