SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — Stater Bros. Holdings here recorded its second consecutive quarter of increasing comparable-store sales after five negative quarters — a result of a conscious decision, the company said, to sacrifice margins to keep sales up and offer values to customers. Comps rose 4.3% for the fiscal third quarter and 1.7% for the 39-week period. Margins for the quarter were 26.76%, compared with 27.29% in the prior year's third quarter. For the 39 weeks, margins were up ...
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