Stater Earnings Drop, but Low Prices Drive Traffic

Stater Bros. Holdings said yesterday it is disappointed with the earnings decline in its fiscal first quarter, but enthusiastic that low margins have helped boost customer counts.

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — Stater Bros. Holdings here said yesterday it is disappointed with the earnings decline in its fiscal first quarter, but enthusiastic that low margins have helped boost customer counts.

“We’d like to see more on the bottom line, but customer count is our adrenaline,” Jack Brown, chairman and chief executive officer, said during a conference call with investors.

Net income for

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