For many companies, particularly in the Northeast, the unseasonable start to summer put a damper on sales. In a conference call with investors late last month discussing results for its fiscal first quarter, which ended June 20, Spartan Stores Chief Executive Officer Dennis Eidson counted the chilly weather in northern Michigan among the challenges the company has faced this summer. “The unseasonably cool summer weather has had an effect on the northern Michigan tourism industry,” he said. ...

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