GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Spartan Stores here on Wednesday reported a 4.4% decline in comparable-store sales for its fiscal third quarter, but overall profitability improved amid cost containment and other initiatives, as well as one-time gains. The company said net earnings for the 16-week quarter, which ended Jan. 1, were up 45%, to $7.3 million, after some non-cash gains in the recent period. Consolidated (retail and wholesale) sales were down about 0.6%, to $782.3 million. Adjusted ...

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