Shares of the Cincinnati-based company rose 4.1 percent to
$25.40 in premarket trading. The company's stock has declined
nearly 30 percent so far this year.
Closely watched sales at stores open at least 12 months,
excluding fuel, rose 1.1 percent, beating analysts' average
estimate of a 0.9 percent growth, according to Consensus Metrix.
The supermarket owner whose chains include Ralphs, Harris Teeter
and Food 4 Less, with nearly 2,800 outlets nationwide, has been
lowering prices and exploring new ways to sell food as it
battles rivals such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc <WMT.N>, discounters
Lidl and Aldi, and the newly merged Amazon.com Inc <AMZN.O> and
Whole Foods Market.
Total revenue rose 4.5 percent to $27.75 billion. Analysts on
average had expected $27.46 billion, according to Thomson
Net earnings attributable to Kroger rose to $397 million, or 44
cents per share, in the third quarter ended Nov. 4, from $391
million, or 41 cents per share, a year earlier.
Analysts had estimated earnings of 40 cents per share.
(Reporting by Vibhuti Sharma in Bengaluru; Editing by Martina
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