CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. here last week said it expects results for the year to beat its prior projections after posting a strong first quarter — giving it momentum analysts said should enable the company to maintain its position of strength through the economic downturn and beyond. “Kroger is better positioned than at any time [in years] to generate decent earnings growth in the face of an economic downturn,” said Andrew Wolf, an analyst with BB&T Capital Markets, Richmond, Va. “While ...

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