GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Sales during the second quarter at Spartan Stores came in higher than expected, as the chain saw the benefits of renovated stores, growth in discount sales, and the effects of new retail and wholesale customers. The company, however, maintained a cautious outlook for the second half, eyeing low inflation and challenging year-over-year sales comparisons. Consolidated net sales for the period, which ended Sept. 14, increased 4.5% to $649.5 million. The sales ...

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