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• Kroger Co. reported fourth quarter profits of $282 million, compared to a loss of $652 million during the same period a year ago. Revenue for Q4 rose 7.5 percent to $14.72 billion, with same-store sales up 6.2 percent.

• Albertsons Inc. reported fourth quarter earnings of $164 million, compared to $194 million during the same period last year. Q4 total sales were $10.2 billion versus $11.1 billion in the fourth quarter of last year, with same-store sales down 0.3 percent.

The company said that its 2005 annual earnings were $462 million, down from $474 million last year, on sales of $40.4 billion, up slightly from $39.8 billion a year ago. Same-store sales were up last year for 0.3 percent.

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