CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. here on Friday said same-store sales were up 3.6% in the second quarter, excluding fuel, but earnings were down 0.6% vs. a year ago. Net income for the quarter, which ended Aug. 11, totaled $279.1 million, and was down mainly due to a higher tax rate, Kroger officials said. Sales rose 3.9% to $21.7 billion. It was the 35th consecutive quarter of positive identical-store sales for Kroger, whose officials in a conference call Friday attributed the success to ...

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