BURKLE INCREASES STAKE IN WILD OATS

BOULDER, Colo. - Ron Burkle appears to be gaining more confidence in - and control of - Wild Oats Markets, based here.Through funds affiliated with his investment firm, Los Angeles-based Yucaipa Cos., Burkle has increased his ownership of the natural food retailer to 14.9% by buying nearly 1.5 million shares of the company's stock this month, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange

BOULDER, Colo. - Ron Burkle appears to be gaining more confidence in - and control of - Wild Oats Markets, based here.

Through funds affiliated with his investment firm, Los Angeles-based Yucaipa Cos., Burkle has increased his ownership of the natural food retailer to 14.9% by buying nearly 1.5 million shares of the company's stock this month, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Yucaipa's initial investment in Wild Oats last year gave the company

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