Kroger (KR) revealed stronger-than-expected third-quarter profits and sales on Monday and lifted its full-year earnings forecast.
The Cincinnati-based supermarket operator reported net earnings of $316.5 million, or 61 cents a share, compared with a year-earlier $195.9 million, or 33 cents.
Revenue for the three-month period ended Nov. 3 was $21.8 billion, up from $20.6 billion a year ago, beating the Street’s view of $21.65 billion.
Same-store supermarket sales growth grew 3.2%, marking the company’s 36th consecutive quarter of positive growth at stores open longer than a year.
“This quarter illustrates that the strength of our core business positions Kroger to accelerate our earnings per share growth,” Kroger CEO David Dillon said in a statement.
The company raised its fiscal 2012 adjusted earnings outlook to a range of $2.44 to $2.46 from an earlier $2.35 to $2.42 on same-store supermarket growth of 3% to 3.5%.
Shares of Kroger ticked up more than 4.5% premarket to $26.19.