GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Spartan Stores here on Wednesday reported a 6% decline in comparable-store sales for its third fiscal quarter, citing the lingering weakness in the Michigan economy. The comp-sales decline followed a slide of 5.1% in the second quarter. Net income for the 16-week third quarter, which ended Jan. 2, fell 40%, to about $5 million, although sales were up slightly for the period, to $786.9 million. The increase reflects the acquisition of the VG's Food and Pharmacy chain ...

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