STATER BROS. GROWTH CARRIES THROUGH 2004

COLTON, Calif. -- Stater Bros. here said last week the 20-week strike-lockout in Southern California helped drive significant sales growth in fiscal 2004, but the company's sales and profit gains continued after the labor dispute ended in March.le-store sales were up 13.4%.For the fiscal year, the company posted net income of $71.8 million, more than seven times the net income of $10.13 million the

COLTON, Calif. -- Stater Bros. here said last week the 20-week strike-lockout in Southern California helped drive significant sales growth in fiscal 2004, but the company's sales and profit gains continued after the labor dispute ended in March.

le-store sales were up 13.4%.

For the fiscal year, the company posted net income of $71.8 million, more than seven times the net income of $10.13 million the company reported in fiscal 2003. Sales for the full year were up 34.5%, to

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