NEW YORK -- Kroger Co. isn't sure how much impact inflation will have on its ability to raise prices, Michael Schlotman, senior vice president and chief financial officer, told a Lehman Bros. investors' conference here last week. "It's been so long since we've seen any inflation, it's like a new animal to us, and we're not necessarily counting on it right now," he said. "Overall inflation would be good for food operators, but the inflation we're seeing now is mostly commodity-based and ...

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