CINCINNATI — A combination of more frequent shopping trips and rebounding prices helped Kroger Co. here post improvements in sales, market share and earnings in the fiscal fourth quarter, company officials said last week. Net earnings of $278.8 million, or 44 cents per share, improved 9% as sales jumped 7.4% to $19.9 billion for the period, which ended Jan. 29. Identical-store sales excluding fuel improved by 3.8% in the quarter as each of Kroger's 18 retail divisions saw positive sales ...
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