Spartan Sees Private-Label Gains

Spartan Stores said yesterday that it saw private-label penetration increase to 24.65% on a unit-sales basis in the first quarter, up 1.83% over the year-ago period.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Spartan Stores here said yesterday that it saw private-label penetration increase to 24.65% on a unit-sales basis in the first quarter, up 1.83% over the year-ago period.

In a conference call discussing first-quarter financial results, Dennis Eidson, president and chief executive officer, said the company continues to add products to the entry-level Valu Time private label line, and promotes "around 250 items" from the line in many stores every week in the

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