NEW YORK — Citing a strong operating performance relative to its peers, Standard & Poor's here said Wednesday that it could raise its credit rating on Kroger Co. "in the very near term." Kroger's corporate credit rating is BBB- according to S&P. It said Wednesday it could raise the rating to BBB, "if we achieve adequate comfort regarding management's commitment to maintaining a conservative financial policy and Kroger's future operating performance," Stella Kapur, an analyst for ...

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