GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Spartan Stores here said last week it hopes to see a pickup in sales over the next 12 to 18 months after experiencing a shortfall that is expected to continue through the end of its fiscal year in March. James B. Meyer, chairman, president and chief executive officer, said a series of unrelated factors have converged to create the shortfall, "but we are taking aggressive actions to improve our sales results, and we're in the early stages of tapping new potential to ...

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