SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — If inflation becomes an issue, Stater Bros. will decide whether to raise prices based on what competitors do, Jack Brown, chairman and chief executive officer, told investors last week. “It will be a competitive call whether we pass some inflation through or not, but looking at the operating results of the three national companies we compete with [Kroger Co., Safeway and Supervalu/Albertsons], I don't think any of them are ready to reduce their profits.” Brown made ...

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