KROGER REPORTS SALES, NET REACH RECORDS IN QUARTER

CINCINNATI -- Kroger Co. here reported record sales and earnings in its first quarter, ended March 21. ared with earnings before extraordinary charges in last year's first quarter.Operating cash flow rose 8.2% to $335.0 million, from $309.6 million in the year-ago quarter.Sales increased 4.1% to a record $6.4 billion, compared with $6.1 billion in the year-ago quarter. Identical food-store sales rose

CINCINNATI -- Kroger Co. here reported record sales and earnings in its first quarter, ended March 21.

ared with earnings before extraordinary charges in last year's first quarter.

Operating cash flow rose 8.2% to $335.0 million, from $309.6 million in the year-ago quarter.

Sales increased 4.1% to a record $6.4 billion, compared with $6.1 billion in the year-ago quarter. Identical food-store sales rose 0.72%, while comparable-store sales, which include relocations

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