ECONOMY, COMPETITION KEEP SPARTAN IN THE RED

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Spartan Stores here last week posted a loss of $57.1 million for the third quarter ended Jan. 4 as the weak economy and price-based competition put increasing pressure on the wholesaler and retailer.The company said it saw some encouraging signs in both its retail and distribution operations during the course of the 16-week period, however. In addition, the company said it has

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Spartan Stores here last week posted a loss of $57.1 million for the third quarter ended Jan. 4 as the weak economy and price-based competition put increasing pressure on the wholesaler and retailer.

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