NEW YORK — Kroger Co. said last week that 2012 could mark the reversal of a trend in store-count decline that the company has seen for the past several years. “Depending on how many stores we wind up closing this year from an operational standpoint, we could have a chance to wind up with a little increase in our store count this year for the first time in a while,” said J. Michael Schlotman, senior vice president and chief financial offer at the Cincinnati-based ...

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