CINCINNATI -- Kroger Co. here said last week the company was on-target with sales and earnings goals for the year and that the competitive pressures cited by rivals Albertson's and Supervalu in their third-quarter results have had less impact at Kroger. In a conference call discussing Kroger's results for the third quarter, ended Nov. 4, Joseph A. Pichler, Kroger's chairman and chief executive officer, said, "I think the competitive environment has been tough for six or seven years, but ...

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