GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Spartan Stores is making lemonade — among other private-label goods — to thrive during tough times. The retailer-wholesaler here posted a 52.2% increase in net earnings and an operating earnings increase of 26.4% during the fiscal first quarter that ended June 21, the company said last week, attributing the results in part to experience with and preparation for challenging economic times. “Economic cycles are nothing new to companies operating in Michigan,” Craig ...

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