Stater Bros. Sees Better Margins

Although the economy will remain weak, earlier notifications by suppliers of upcoming price increases will make it easier for retailers to manage margins, Jack Brown, chairman and chief executive officer of Stater Bros. Markets here, told analysts last week. Stater got stuck early in the year when it had an item in its ad whose price was raised before the ad ran, but when it

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — Although the economy will remain weak, earlier notifications by suppliers of upcoming price increases will make it easier for retailers to manage margins, Jack Brown, chairman and chief executive officer of Stater Bros. Markets here, told analysts last week.

Stater got stuck early in the year when it had an item in its ad whose price was raised before the ad ran, but when it was too late to remove it from the ad, he pointed out. That's less likely to ha

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