CINCINNATI -- Kroger here reported that sales and net earnings climbed in the 16-week third quarter and 40 weeks ended Oct. 5. were up 0.9%; comparable-store sales, which include expanded and relocated stores, rose 3.7%. Net income after a $928,000 charge for early debt retirement was $71.4 million, up 16.7% from $61.2 million a year before. Before the charge, earnings were cut 2 cents a share due to work stoppages at King Soopers, Kroger's Denver division. For the 40 weeks, sales rose ...

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