June 18 (Reuters) - Kroger Co said on Thursday it expects to exceed its 2020 outlook after posting a 57% jump in quarterly profit, as the U.S. supermarket chain benefits from consumers stockpiling groceries and other essentials due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Net earnings attributable to Kroger rose to $1.21 billion, or $1.52 per share, from $772 million, or 95 cents per share, a year earlier.
Excluding the impact of fuel prices, sales at stores open for more than a year rose 19% in the first quarter ended May 23.
Kroger, however, did not reaffirm or provide new fiscal 2020 forecast. (Reporting by Praveen Paramasivam in Bengaluru; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)