KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Associated Wholesale Grocers here said it had record net sales of $7.8 billion for the year that ended Dec. 31 — a jump of 7.2% over the $7.5 billion reported a year ago. Patronage distributed also set a record of $163.8 million, or 2.71% of qualifying warehouse sales, also a record for the cooperative, the company noted. Including allowances, AWG said it rebated $482 million in 2011. Total gross profit on sales was 6.16% before the payout of 2.71%, a ...

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