Kroger Co., the largest U.S. grocery- store chain, tumbled the most in a year after lowering the top end of its full-year profit forecast.
Kroger projected per-share earnings of $1.65 to $1.78, compared with its previous forecast of $1.60 to $1.80, according to a statement today by the Cincinnati-based retailer. The average of analyst estimates in a Bloomberg survey was $1.78.
The slow economic recovery is hurting grocery sales and consumers are “cautious in their spending,” Chief Executive Officer David Dillon told analysts on a conference call. The recovery is slower and weaker than Kroger had expected and competition remains “intense,” he said.
Kroger sank $2.23, or 9.4 percent, to $21.63 at 4 p.m. in New York Stock Exchange composite trading, the biggest decline since Dec. 8, 2009. The shares have gained 5.4 percent this year.
-- Editor: Robin Ajello, Cecile Daurat
To contact the reporter on this story: Chris Burritt in Greensboro, North Carolina, at 1348 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To contact the editor responsible for this story: Robin Ajello in New York at email@example.com.