Kroger Outlook Gloomy

CINCINNATI The sluggishly rebounding U.S. economy took its toll on Kroger Co. last week. Stock in the retailer here fell more than 8% after the company said continued consumer caution led to lower margins in the third quarter, and that annual earnings would come in below the top end of previous guidance. Some say the Great Recession is technically over. For Kroger, it's not over until our customers

CINCINNATI — The sluggishly rebounding U.S. economy took its toll on Kroger Co. last week.

Stock in the retailer here fell more than 8% after the company said continued consumer caution led to lower margins in the third quarter, and that annual earnings would come in below the top end of previous guidance.

“Some say the Great Recession is technically over. For Kroger, it's not over until our customers say it is, and many of our customers continue to be cautious in their

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