STATER SALES, PROFITS FALL ON STRIKE COMPARISONS

COLTON, Calif. -- Stater Bros. Holdings here said sales and earnings fell for the second quarter and first half ended March 27 in the wake of extraordinary gains in the year-ago periods during the Southern California labor dispute.During that dispute, Stater operated at full capacity while the United Food and Commercial Workers union struck Vons, which resulted in an employee lockout at Ralphs and

COLTON, Calif. -- Stater Bros. Holdings here said sales and earnings fell for the second quarter and first half ended March 27 in the wake of extraordinary gains in the year-ago periods during the Southern California labor dispute.

During that dispute, Stater operated at full capacity while the United Food and Commercial Workers union struck Vons, which resulted in an employee lockout at Ralphs and Albertsons.

Sales at Stater fell 14.8% to $842.9 million for the 13-week quarte

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