NEW YORK — Weak economic reports on Wednesday knocked the major stock indices down more than 2%, and many large supermarket operators fell even more than that in the day's trading. Cincinnati-based Kroger Co. was off 3.71%; Pleasanton, Calif.-based Safeway fell 6.23%; and Minneapolis-base Supervalu tumbled $6.43%. The only gainers among U.S. stocks tracked by SN were among wholesaler/retailers Spartan Stores and Nash Finch Co., up 1.77% and 0.64%, respectively. Wednesday's reports ...
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