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Kroger

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Lower food prices and increasing competition may be good news for shoppers, but not for grocery store profit margins. Kroger, the biggest supermarket owner in the U.S., has so far weathered the storm. In fiscal 2017, Kroger nearly doubled its online sales and grew its total sales by 6.4% to $122.7 billion. The midwestern giant also created 10,000 new jobs and paid its shareholders $444 million in dividends. With more than 2,000 stores from coast to coast, Kroger has both scale and reach. As price wars intensify, Kroger is best poised to compete with Amazon in 2018 as the e-commerce giant slashes prices at its newly acquired Whole Foods Stores and continues to disrupt the retail food industry.

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CEO

W. Rodney McMullen

CEO Title

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Sector

Food & Drug Stores

Industry

Food and Drug Stores

HQ Location

Cincinnati

Years on Fortune 500 List

24

Employees

449,000

Figures are for fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2018.
Key Financials (Last Fiscal Year)
$ millions% change
Revenues ($M)$122,6626.4%
Profits ($M)$1,907.0-3.4%
Assets ($M)$37,197
Total Stockholder Equity ($M)$6,931
Market Value — as of March 29, 2018 ($M)$20,828
Profit Ratios
Profit as % of Revenues1.6%
Profits as % of Assets5.1%
Profits as % of Stockholder Equity27.5%
Earnings Per Share (Last Fiscal Year)
Earnings Per Share ($)2.09
EPS % Change (from 2016)2.0%
EPS % Change (5 year annual rate)8.6%
EPS % Change (10 year annual rate)9.5%
Total Return
Total Return to Investors (2017)-19.0%
Total Return to Investors (5 year, annualized)17.8%
Total Return to Investors (10 year, annualized)9.2%
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