GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Spartan Stores here last week said comparable-store sales fell 6.9% in the fourth quarter amid deflation, economic pressures and competitive activity. Net income for the quarter, which ended March 27, fell about 62%, to $3.24 million, on a 3.9% drop in sales, to $558.8 million. For the year, net income fell about 31% to $25.56 million, on a slight dip in sales, to $2.55 billion. Deflation contributed about 1.8% to the comp-sales decline, the company said in a ...
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