CINCINNATI — In the wake of strong second-quarter results, Kroger Co. here is optimistic about sales for the rest of the year, Dave Dillon, chairman and chief executive officer, said here last week — a position with which several analysts said they agreed. “Sales improvements have really been broad-based, in all senses and in every possible direction,” Dillon said. “Essentially all but one division had positive identical-store sales, and that one had flat sales.” All store departments ...

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