Unified Cites Cautious Consumers in Q1 Sales Dip

LOS ANGELES — Unified Grocers here said a shift in consumer demand toward lower-cost items contributed to sales and earnings declines for the fiscal first quarter.

LOS ANGELES — Unified Grocers here said a shift in consumer demand toward lower-cost items contributed to sales and earnings declines for the fiscal first quarter.

Net income for the 13-week period, which ended Jan. 2, fell 4.5% to $3.7 million, while sales declined 4.3% to $999.8 million.

“While our net earnings were off slightly, our performance is right where we thought we would be at this poi

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