ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Although retail store sales increased 1.1% for the first quarter of 1997, Carr Gottstein here reported a 0.9% decrease in total consolidated sales, primarily due to reduced wholesale and freight sales. ion, or 21 cents per share in the year-ago quarter. The better net results were attributed to improvements in gross margin coupled with a reduction in interest expenses due to lower average debt balances in the quarter, compared with the previous year. Carr Gottstein ...

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