COLTON, Calif. — Stater Bros. Markets here said reduced promotional investment during the year-end holidays helped the chain triple its net income for the first fiscal quarter. Looking ahead, the company will focus on building sales volume while keeping expenses in check, said Jack Brown, chairman, president and chief executive officer, in a conference call discussing the company's earnings last week. “We're always looking at cost-cutting,” he said, “but we'll probably reach more for ...

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