ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Carr Gottstein Foods Co. here said sales for the first quarter ended March 29 decreased $6.4 million, or 4.5%, from $141.5 million in 1997 to $135.1 million in 1998. Excluding the 1997 sales attributable to YES Foods, which was closed during the third quarter of 1997, sales decreased $0.6 million, or 0.4% to $10.0 million, or 7.4% of sales, in the 1998 quarter. The improved EBITDA was primarily attributable to strong gross margins combined with lower operating costs in ...

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