Supermarket Shares Tumble With Market

Weak economic reports knocked the major stock indices down more than 2%, and many large supermarket operators fell even more than that in the day's trading.

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