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Kroger comps inch ahead in 3Q but outlook cloudy

Smallest quarterly comp gain in 13 years

Kroger Co.’s streak of positive same-store sales survived — barely — in the fiscal third quarter, reflecting challenges of ongoing price deflation and continued sales struggles at its newly acquired Roundy’s businesses.

The 0.1% non-fuel ID sales figure for the period ended Nov. 5 marked the 52nd consecutive quarter Kroger posted positive comps but the gain was the smallest since that streak began exactly 13 years ago. Moreover, the Cincinnati

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