CINCINNATI, Ohio (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — As COVID-19 infections surge in Texas and across the country, sales at Kroger grocery stores are surging as Americans restock their pantries.

The grocer boosted its full-year outlook believing that there is little evidence families will continue eating at home to reduce their risks to exposure.

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Revenue climbed to $29.72 billion, from $27.97 billion and online sales more than doubled. That was a little shy of the $29.98 billion Wall Street was looking for, according to a survey by Zacks Investment Research, and shares fell almost 5% at the opening bell Thursday.

Citi’s Paul Lejuez said in a research note Thursday he was expecting stronger signals from the company for the fourth quarter, and that might be contributing to a sell-off after a pretty strong quarter.

However, comparable-store sales rose 10.9% excluding fuel sales, which topped projections, and its profit was better than analysts had expected.

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Kroger operates more than 175 stores in Texas and more than 2,600 other stores in 34 states and the District of Columbia.

Kroger Co. earned $631 million, or 80 cents per share, for the three months ended November 7. A year earlier it earned $263 million, or 32 cents per share.

For the full year, the grocer now anticipates adjusted earnings per share growth of between 50% and 53%.

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