Fitch Ratings, Chicago, said Thursday it has affirmed the debt ratings for Kroger Co., Cincinnati, with a stable outlook. The ratings take into account Kroger’s merger with Harris Teeter Supermarkets in January — a transaction Fitch said it views as “neutral to moderately positive,” with risks it said it considers manageable. “Kroger’s ratings are supported by its industry-leading sales growth and market-share gains and relatively stable operating margins, ...

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