COLTON, Calif. -- Stater Bros. Holdings here said severe drops in sales and earnings for the first quarter ended Dec. 28, 2004, reflected the difficult comparisons the chain faces following a year in which it benefited from disruptions in normal shopping patterns caused by the Southern California strike-lockout. er, said. "While sales have declined, we are pleased with the amount of new customers we have been able to retain, and we are determined to maintain that level." Stater operates ...

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