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COMP GAINS GROW SPARTAN EARNINGS GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. Combining comparable-store sales gains of 5.2% with improved gross margins in its distribution business, Spartan Stores here grew net earnings in its fiscal fourth quarter ending March 29 by 11.6% to $8.1 million. Sales of $570.7 million in the quarter increased by 9.1%, and by 18.7% when adjusted for an extra week in the 2007 fourth quarter. Spartan

COMP GAINS GROW SPARTAN EARNINGS

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