Spartan Stores, the US supermarket chain, has reported an increase in profit for its second quarter results ended September 11, 2004.

Net sales for the 12-week second quarter were $486.7m compared with $491.4m for the same period last year, but operating profit increased to £13.2m from £7.3m last year due to a higher gross margin rate and lower operating expenses.

A net profit of £7m compares to $1.8m for the same period last year.

Retail sales for its supermarket business showed strong increases during the second quarter but this was off-set by lower prescription sales at in-store pharmacies.

The company expects a 1% increase in consolidated net sales for its full financial year results.