LOS ANGELES -- Unified Western Grocers here said financial results improved in its core business during the second quarter and first half ended April 2, exclusive of last year's Southern California labor dispute. Sales fell 5.8% to $696.5 million for the 13-week quarter and 7.2% to $1.4 billion for the half. Excluding the effects of the 141-day strike-lockout, which helped boost sales among Unified's independent retail members before it ended in February 2004, Unified said sales for the ...

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