Q4 Sales Up, Profits Down at Stater Bros.

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — Stater Bros. Holdings here posted increases in sales and earnings for the recent fiscal year, although fourth-quarter profits fell.

Sales for the 14-week fourth quarter, which ended Sept. 30, totaled $1 billion, an increase of 8.8% from the 13-week fourth quarter in 2011. Adjusted for the extra week, sales increased 1.6%. Like-store sales for the period also increased by 1.6%, Stater said. Quarterly net earnings of $5 million decreas

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