SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — Stater Bros. Markets here said yesterday the downturn in the economy resulted in a drop in net income for the third quarter and 39 weeks ended June 29, while increases in customer counts helped boost sales results. Net income fell 41% to $9.2 million for the 13-week quarter and 14.1% to $33.6 million for the year to date, while sales rose 2.5% for the quarter to a record $932.7 million — despite the timing of Easter in this year's second quarter and last year's third ...

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