Cincinnati — Digital sales at the Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) increased 92 percent in the first quarter, according to the company’s latest financial results. Total company sales were $42 billion in the first quarter, compared with $37 billion for the same period last year. Kroger does not separately break out its e-commerce sales from total sales. Excluding fuel and dispositions, sales grew 19.1 percent. Cincinnati-based Kroger says its most urgent priority during the pandemic has been “to provide a safe environment for associates and customers with open stores, e-commerce solutions and an efficiently operating supply chain.” Kroger has invested more than $830 million to reward associates and safeguard its employees, customers and communities. Kroger’s first quarter ended May 23.