• KROGER CO., Cincinnati, saw sales jump 5% to $50.8 billion during the first half; operating income was up 3.8% to $1.4 billion; and identical sales rose 4.2% in the first quarter and 3.6% in the second. Kroger continued to distance itself from its publicly held conventional competitors during the half, Mushkin said, “and the results were good — not quite outstanding but really solid, considering the environment. While most of the industry found itself struggling ...

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