Warm Winter, Cautious Spenders Slow Spartan Comps

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Cautious consumers and warmer winter weather contributed to slower than expected sales at Spartan Stores during the fiscal third quarter, the company said Thursday.

While net sales improved by 1.9% to $782.3 million, the gain came mainly from higher fuel prices, Spartan officials said. Excluding fuel, comparable-store sales declined by 1.2%, reflecting both an economic recov

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