CINCINNATI — Stock in Kroger Co. here was trading up more than 3% Thursday after the retailer posted increases in sales, market share and earnings for the fourth quarter. David Dillon, Kroger’s chief executive officer, in a conference call said he was "more upbeat" than he was when reviewing the company's third-quarter results in December. This, he said, reflected Kroger's performance in an environment that is recovering more slowly than expected. "We see some promising signs of ...

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