SPRINGFIELD, Ohio — Neither a struggling economy, an activity-use state tax on sales, new competition, nor Hurricane Ike can keep Howard's Management Group here from posting year-end sales increases. Although he declined to reveal revenues, Bill Price, president of the nine-store grocery retailing business based here, confidently told SN sales will be up and that the business is OK. The company, which employs about 350 full- and part-time associates, is finishing up renovations on two of ...

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