US supermarket chain Kroger Co. has reported net earnings of US$351.5m, or $0.46 per diluted share, for the first quarter ended 24 May 2003, compared with $321.7m, or $0.40 per diluted share. Total sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2003 increased 3.8% to $16.3bn. Total food-store sales rose 3.5%. Identical food-store sales, including fuel, declined 0.1%. Identical food-store sales, excluding fuel, decreased 1.1%. Comparable food-store sales, which include relocations and expansions, increased 0.7% for the quarter. Comparable food-store sales, excluding fuel, declined 0.5%.