CINCINNATI -- The Kroger Co. here said last week that, after years of aggressive growth through acquisitions, it now has the tools it needs to stave off competition from superstores and to focus on organic growth. Speaking during the company's annual meeting, Joseph Pichler, Kroger chief executive officer, told shareholders the company is now in a position to be "very selective" about further acquisitions, although he did not rule out the possibility of buying more stores in the coming ...

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