CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. here said sales trends have continued to improve in its fiscal third quarter. In a statement issued before the start of its investor conference here yesterday, Kroger said sales in the first eight weeks of the quarter, which began on Aug. 17, same-store sales were trending “above 5%,” excluding fuel. Sales in the second four weeks of the quarter were stronger than sales in the first four weeks of the quarter, which the company previously had said were trending ...

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