CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. here said yesterday that inflation in core grocery “is at a level not seen in several years,” with more of the same anticipated in the third quarter. Accordingly, Kroger said it decided to pass through higher product costs during the second quarter — in contrast to the first quarter — to ease pressures on gross margins. Selling gross margin on non-fuel sales rose 38 basis points during the quarter ended Aug. 18, compared with a decline of 45 basis points in the first ...

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