RIDGEWOOD, N.Y. -- Western Beef here said volume declines in its distribution business had a negative impact on overall sales, while earnings rose for the second quarter and 26 weeks ended July 3. half. Sales in the company's 20-store retail division increased to $6.1 million for the quarter and $117.4 million for the half. The company said sales benefited from inclusion of the July 4 holiday in this year's quarter, as well as incremental sales from two new stores -- the company's first ...

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