STATER'S FIRST QUARTER SOARS DUE TO STRIKE

COLTON, Calif. -- Stater Bros. Holdings here said last week it has experienced "a tremendous increase" in customer counts during the Southern California strike-lockout, with sales climbing 50% during the first quarter ended Dec. 28, 2003.However, the chain is getting ready to lose some of that business when the labor dispute is finally settled, Jack Brown, chairman, president and chief executive officer,

COLTON, Calif. -- Stater Bros. Holdings here said last week it has experienced "a tremendous increase" in customer counts during the Southern California strike-lockout, with sales climbing 50% during the first quarter ended Dec. 28, 2003.

However, the chain is getting ready to lose some of that business when the labor dispute is finally settled, Jack Brown, chairman, president and chief executive officer, told bondholders in a conference call last week. "We're preparing our stores for

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