Kroger's earnings surpassed analysts' forecasts for the fiscal first-quarter, but its shares fell more than -0.3% Thursday.
The grocery store chain reported adjusted earnings of 72 cents a share, compared to analysts’ estimates of 71 cents.
Revenue of $37.3 billion came in higher than FactSet consensus of $37.19 billion. However, it was lower than the year-ago quarter’s $37.7 billion. Same-store sales grew +1.5%. The grocery’s digital sales surged +42%.
For full year 2019, Kroger reiterated its identical sales growth forecast range of +2.00% to 2.25%, and adjusted earnings-per-share projection range of $2.15 to $2.25.