SPARTAN STORES REPORTS SALES, EARNINGS INCREASES

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Increased quarterly sales and earnings, including a profit in the retail division, are encouraging signs of a turnaround at Spartan Stores here, company officials said.8 cents a share improved from a 31-cent-per-share loss a year ago.Sales of $213.5 million in Spartan's retail division, an increase of 0.6% over year-ago results, were driven by improved category management practices,

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Increased quarterly sales and earnings, including a profit in the retail division, are encouraging signs of a turnaround at Spartan Stores here, company officials said.

8 cents a share improved from a 31-cent-per-share loss a year ago.

Sales of $213.5 million in Spartan's retail division, an increase of 0.6% over year-ago results, were driven by improved category management practices, reduced costs, and better performance in higher-margin categories, C

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