LOS ANGELES -- Unified Western Grocers here said new business and increased perishables sales helped drive volume, and ongoing productivity improvements at its distribution centers helped boost earnings for the year ended Sept. 27. or the year was $5.3 million, compared with a loss of $38.6 million a year ago that resulted from the closings of the company's 12-store retail division in September 2002. On a continuing basis, net income of $5.3 million was up 165% from $2 million a year ago. ...

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