KROGER POSTS STRONG 3Q SALES

CINCINNATI -- Continuing to cite its service and price initiatives, Kroger here maintained strong sales momentum in its fiscal third quarter, posting identical-store sales increases of 6.6% (3.7% excluding fuel).Overall sales at Kroger were up 9.1% to $14 billion during the period ended Nov. 5. Earnings of $185.4 million, or 25 cents per diluted share, increased 29.9% from the same period last year."Those

CINCINNATI -- Continuing to cite its service and price initiatives, Kroger here maintained strong sales momentum in its fiscal third quarter, posting identical-store sales increases of 6.6% (3.7% excluding fuel).

Overall sales at Kroger were up 9.1% to $14 billion during the period ended Nov. 5. Earnings of $185.4 million, or 25 cents per diluted share, increased 29.9% from the same period last year.

"Those are very good sales numbers, and significant in that they said half of

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