LOS ANGELES -- Smart & Final here reported a first-quarter sales increase of 19.4%, boosted by an estimated $40 million in sales coming as a result of the Southern California labor dispute. "It's hard to imagine a better start to 2004 than the quarter we just announced," Ross Roeder, chairman and chief executive officer, said in a conference call with analysts. Comparable-store sales during the 12-week quarter ended March 21 increased by 18.9%, the company said. Excluding the impact of ...

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