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  • Spartan Stores reported that consolidated net sales for the 12-week second quarter were $486.7 million compared with $491.4 million in the corresponding 12-week period last year, while second-quarter retail comparable store sales increased 1.4 percent.

    Operating earnings increased by more than 80 percent to $13.2 million from $7.3 million in last year's second quarter. The operating earnings improvement, according to a company statement, was due to a higher gross margin rate and lower operating expenses.

  • CVS Corp. reported that September total sales increased 31.6 percent to $3.28 billion from $2.49 billion in the prior year period. Pharmacy same-store sales climbed 7.9 percent, while front-end same store sales increased 2.1 percent.

    For the third quarter, total sales rose 24 percent to $7.91 billion, compared with $6.38 billion a year ago. Same-store sales for the quarter increased 5.2 percent year-over-year.

    Year-to-date, total sales were up 13.2 percent to $21.67 billion from $19.14 billion in 2003. Same- store sales year-to-date increased 5.9 percent.

  • Longs Drug Stores reported that total sales for the five weeks ended Sept. 30 increased 2.7 percent to $423.9 million from $412.9 million a year ago.

    Year-to-date, total sales rose 3.9 percent to $3.08 billion from $2.96 billion in the year-ago period, as same-store sales increased 2.2 percent.

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