GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Low inflation and a cautious consumer base led to a sales slowdown in the third quarter for Spartan Stores, the retailer here said. Net earnings of $3.4 million for the 16-week quarter, which ended Jan. 5, were down 31.7% from the same period last year but were in line with expectations. Sales totaled $789.9 million, down 0.9%, with non-fuel comparable-store sales at retail stores decreasing by 1.2%. Dennis Eidson, Spartan’s president and chief ...

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