SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — Stater Bros. Markets here said last week it may begin to see some earnings improvements later in its fiscal year as comparisons become easier, though it intends to maintain its low-margin strategy on pricing indefinitely. For the first quarter that ended Jan. 30, net income fell 39.5% to $5.4 million, while the chain’s gross profit margin declined 115 basis points to 25.88% — compared with 27.03% a year ago — “due to increased ...

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