KROGER PROFIT, VOLUME CLIMB DURING QUARTER, 40 WEEKS

CINCINNATI -- Kroger Co. here said third-quarter earnings per share before an extraordinary charge were a record 36 cents per share, compared with 27 cents per share in the year-ago quarter.33% over $72.3 million in the previous third quarter.Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization rose 12.6% to $358.5 million, compared with $318.4 million in the year-ago quarter. Total sales

CINCINNATI -- Kroger Co. here said third-quarter earnings per share before an extraordinary charge were a record 36 cents per share, compared with 27 cents per share in the year-ago quarter.

33% over $72.3 million in the previous third quarter.

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization rose 12.6% to $358.5 million, compared with $318.4 million in the year-ago quarter. Total sales rose 4.7%, Kroger said, to $7.69 billion, compared with $7.34 billion in th

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