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September 07, 2012 10:00 am ET
Cindy Holmes - Director of Investor Relations
David B. Dillon - Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Member of Proxy Committee
W. Rodney McMullen - President, Chief Operating Officer and Director
J. Michael Schlotman - Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President
Deborah L. Weinswig - Citigroup Inc, Research Division
John Heinbockel - Guggenheim Securities, LLC, Research Division
Charles X. Grom - Deutsche Bank AG, Research Division
Meredith Adler - Barclays Capital, Research Division
Edward J. Kelly - Crédit Suisse AG, Research Division
Karen F. Short - BMO Capital Markets U.S.
Brian Cullinane - Jefferies & Company, Inc., Research Division
Robert F. Ohmes - BofA Merrill Lynch, Research Division
Mark Wiltamuth - Morgan Stanley, Research Division
Charles Edward Cerankosky - Northcoast Research
Stephen W. Grambling - Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Research Division
Good day, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the Second Quarter 2012 The Kroger Co. Earnings Conference Call. My name is Janeda, and I will be your operator for today. [Operator Instructions] Later we will conduct a question-and-answer session. [Operator Instructions] As a reminder, this conference is being recorded for replay purposes. I would now like to turn the conference over to Ms. Cindy Holmes, Director of Investor Relations. Please proceed.
Thank you, Janeda. Good morning, and thank you for joining us. Before we begin, I want to remind you that today's discussion will include forward-looking statements. We want to caution you that such statements are predictions, and actual events or results can differ materially. A detailed discussion of the many factors that we believe may have a material effect on our business on an ongoing basis is contained in our SEC filings, but Kroger assumes no obligation to update that information.