Kroger Upbeat After Q4 Gains

CINCINNATI A combination of more frequent shopping trips and rebounding prices helped Kroger here post improvements in sales, market share and earnings in the fiscal fourth quarter, company officials said last week. Net earnings of $278.8 million, or 44 cents per share, improved 9% as sales jumped 7.4% to $19.9 billion for the period, which ended Jan. 29. Identical-store sales excluding fuel improved

CINCINNATI — A combination of more frequent shopping trips and rebounding prices helped Kroger Co. here post improvements in sales, market share and earnings in the fiscal fourth quarter, company officials said last week.

Net earnings of $278.8 million, or 44 cents per share, improved 9% as sales jumped 7.4% to $19.9 billion for the period, which ended Jan. 29. Identical-store sales excluding fuel improve

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