GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Spartan Stores here said last week its ability to offer consistent value to consumers and to reduce operating expenses helped boost financial results for the year and fourth quarter that ended March 26. Gradual improvements in the Michigan economy also helped, Dennis Eidson, president and chief executive officer, told analysts during a conference call. Net income for the quarter rose 140.2% to $7.8 million, while sales increased 2.3% to $571.5 million. Comparable ...

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