GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Spartan Stores here said its comparable-store sales fell 1.8% in the first quarter, excluding the impact of fuel-price deflation and the impact of the later Easter holiday this year. Overall retail sales, however, were up 18.7%, primarily due to the acquisition last year of the VG’s chain and to the $2.2 million sales bump from Easter. The company projected comps to remain under pressure for the rest of the year, due to the economic conditions and increased ...
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