CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. here on Tuesday posted better-than-expected financial results for its fiscal second quarter, as both sales and profits improved for the period and edged out ahead of analysts' projections. Net income for the period totaled $261.6 million, up about 2.8% over year-ago levels. Identical-store sales excluding fuel rose 2.7%, and total sales at the company were up 6%, to $18.8 billion, compared with the second quarter of 2009. Earnings per share were 41 cents, vs. 39 ...

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