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With Americans stocking up to stay home during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, The Kroger Co. reported a 30% surge in identical-store sales for March.

Kroger announced the sales jump Wednesday as part of a business update on the impact of COVID-19. Also, Tuesday evening, the Cincinnati-based supermarket giant unveiled a “hero bonus” for all hourly frontline workers plus extended benefits and support amid the health crisis.

“We are seeing strong sales and are at the same time investing in our business to support our customers and associates through the current uncertainty,” Chief Financial Officer Gary Millerchip said in a statement.

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