Business News Archive - October 25, 2005

By The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Oct. 25--Kroger Co.'s rumored plan to purchase Albertson's Inc. -- combining the nation's two largest grocery chains -- could create a chain large enough to compete and beat industry nemesis Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Word of the Day
  • Small missiles, especially grape, canister, fragments of iron, and the like, when fired, as upon an enemy at close quarters.
  • To fire mitraille at.
The word 'mitraille' comes from the Old French 'mitaille', meaning 'small coins', sometimes used to mean 'scrap iron'.