GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Spartan Stores here said strong comparable-store sales growth and improvements in distribution helped drive consolidated net sales gains of 5.1% in the 16-week third quarter ended Jan. 3, although the company still reported a loss. " said Craig C. Sturken, chairman, president and chief executive officer, Spartan. The company operates 57 retail food stores under several different banners and 21 deep-discount drug stores. Last month, the company unveiled a plan to ...

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