LOS ANGELES — Unified Grocers here expects sales to remain “basically flat” for the year, Al Plamann, president and chief executive officer, told shareholders last week at the cooperative's annual meeting. He said sales in the first quarter, which ended Jan. 2, were “soft, but improving.” Net income for the 13-week quarter fell 4.5% to $3.7 million, and sales declined 4.3% to $999.8 million. Following the meeting, Unified elected Richard Goodspeed as its chairman — the first time in the ...

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