UPDATE: Kroger Q2 Profit Surges 14%
Kroger Co (NYSE: KR) reported a 14% rise in its fiscal second-quarter earnings.
Kroger's quarterly profit surged to $317 million, or $0.60 per share, from $279 million, or $0.51 per share, in the year-ago period.
Its total sales rose 4.6% to $22.72 billion. However, analysts were expecting earnings of $0.60 per share on revenue of $22.71 billion.
Kroger's operating margin widened to 2.6% from 2.5%.
Kroger now projects FY13 identical-supermarket sales to rise 3% to 3.5%, excluding fuel. The company had earlier expected sales growth of 2.5% to 3.5%.
Kroger shares closed at $37.67 yesterday.
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