CINCINNATI -- Kroger Co. here reported that sales rose 5.5% to a record $5.7 million from $5.4 million in the second quarter ended June 17. Same-store sales increased 1.5% during the quarter. Net earnings increased 14.4% to $77 million from $67.3 million. Kroger said its second-quarter results included an extraordinary charge of $5.5 million related to the early retirement of debt. In the year-to-date, sales increased 3.7% to $11.1 million from $10.7 million. Same-store sales were up ...

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