COLTON, Calif. — Stater Bros. Markets here has been experiencing slight sales gains — estimated at 2% or less — as a result of consumer anxiety over a possible work stoppage at other companies by the retail clerks, according to Jack Brown, chairman and chief executive officer. Referring to the 141-day strike-lockout that occurred in late 2003 and early 2004, Brown said, “Last time, people weren't prepared, but even our own people have been filling their pantries a bit over the last several ...

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