Sysco's net earnings reflect a $39 increase in year-over-year tax expense primarily related to an IRS settlement gain and higher non-taxable corporate owned life insurance gains recorded in the year-earlier quarter. Sysco maintained its 25 cent-per-share dividend. Sysco's focused competitors in the distribution and general line grocery segment, according to Revere Data , include United Natural Foods ( UNFI), Spartan Stores ( SPTN) and Core-Mark Holding ( CORE). United Natural Foods, a distributor of natural, organic and specialty foods, saw its share price dip 0.4% Monday morning. Spartan, a regional grocery distributor in Michigan and Indiana, bid 0.8% lower. Core-Mark, which supplies the convenience retail industry, traded 0.1% higher. -- Written by Miriam Marcus Reimer in New York. >To contact the writer of this article, click here: Miriam Reimer. >To follow the writer on Twitter, go to http://twitter.com/miriamsmarket. >To submit a news tip, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.