Comps Down, Profits Up at Spartan

Spartan Stores reported a 4.4% decline in comparable-store sales for its fiscal third quarter, but overall profitability improved amid cost containment and other initiatives, as well as one-time gains.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Spartan Stores here on Wednesday reported a 4.4% decline in comparable-store sales for its fiscal third quarter, but overall profitability improved amid cost containment and other initiatives, as well as one-time gains.

The company said net earnings for the 16-week quarter, which ended Jan. 1, were up 45%, to $7.3 million, after some non-cash gains in the recent perio

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