KROGER SALES ACHIEVE RECORD, NET UP 14%

CINCINNATI -- Kroger Co. here reported that sales rose 5.5% to a record $5.7 million from $5.4 million in the second quarter ended June 17.Same-store sales increased 1.5% during the quarter.Net earnings increased 14.4% to $77 million from $67.3 million.Kroger said its second-quarter results included an extraordinary charge of $5.5 million related to the early retirement of debt.In the year-to-date,

CINCINNATI -- Kroger Co. here reported that sales rose 5.5% to a record $5.7 million from $5.4 million in the second quarter ended June 17.

Same-store sales increased 1.5% during the quarter.

Net earnings increased 14.4% to $77 million from $67.3 million.

Kroger said its second-quarter results included an extraordinary charge of $5.5 million related to the early retirement of debt.

In the year-to-date, sales increased 3.7% to $11.1 million from $10.7 millio

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