Stater Bros Holdings, the largest privately-owned supermarket chain in Southern California, saw sales for the 13-week Q2 ended 31 March 2002 increase 6.8% to US$654.2m. Jack H. Brown, chairman, president and CEO, added that total sales for the 26-week year to date period increased 6.4% and amounted to US$1.317bn, compared to US$1.237bn for the previous year. Same-store sales increased 6.8% and 6.4% for the Q2 and H1 periods, respectively.