NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) -- The ex-dividend date for

Spartan Stores

(Nasdaq:

SPTN

) is tomorrow, February 25, 2011. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 5 cents per share. At a price of $15.24 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.3%.

The average volume for Spartan Stores has been 111,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. Spartan Stores has a market cap of $349.5 million and is part of the

services

sector and

wholesale

industry. Shares are down 9.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

Spartan Stores, Inc. operates as a grocery distributor and grocery retailer principally in Michigan and Indiana. The company operates in two segments, Distribution and Retail. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.3, below the average wholesale industry P/E ratio of 12.6 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 22.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Spartan Stores as buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. You can view the full

Spartan Stores Ratings Report

.

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