CINCINNATI — Two of the industry's largest chains said last week they might be more open to pursuing acquisitions of varying sizes. Speaking with analysts during Kroger's year-end financial conference call, Rodney McMullen, vice chairman, said price has been an issue as Kroger has evaluated possible acquisitions. “It hasn't been a lack of looking but a lack of being able to get a price we think works for us and the seller,” he explained. “We continue to see a lot of things out there, but so ...

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