Kroger comps softer than expected in 4Q

Kroger Co. on Thursday said non-fuel identical store sales in the fiscal fourth quarter improved by 3.7%, or 3.9% excluding the newly acquired Roundy's — a figure below the company's forecast and analyst estimates.

Total sales including fuel and Roundy’s increased 3.8% to $26.2 billion in the quarter. Net earnings for the quarter totaled $559 million, or 57 cents per diluted share.

While earnings exceeded Wall S

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