SPARTAN STORES EXPECTS OPERATING PROFITS SOON

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Spartan Stores here said last week it expects a return to operating profitability by the end of the current fiscal year.During a conference call to discuss results for the 12-week first quarter ended June 21, Craig Sturken, Spartan's president and chief executive officer, noted that the company had its first distribution sales increase in three years and, on the retail side,

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Spartan Stores here said last week it expects a return to operating profitability by the end of the current fiscal year.

During a conference call to discuss results for the 12-week first quarter ended June 21, Craig Sturken, Spartan's president and chief executive officer, noted that the company had its first distribution sales increase in three years and, on the retail side, "made dramatic improvements in our sales performance."

In the quarter, distribu

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