LATE OPENINGS LIMIT WILD OATS' QUARTER GAINS

BOULDER, Colo. -- Wild Oats Community Markets here said sales and earnings for the third quarter jumped 21% and 27%, respectively, from a year ago, and that sales figures could have been higher if there had not been a delay in opening two new stores.In a conference call with securities analysts, Mary Beth Lewis, the company's chief financial officer, said "sales declined slightly" from the previous

BOULDER, Colo. -- Wild Oats Community Markets here said sales and earnings for the third quarter jumped 21% and 27%, respectively, from a year ago, and that sales figures could have been higher if there had not been a delay in opening two new stores.

In a conference call with securities analysts, Mary Beth Lewis, the company's chief financial officer, said "sales declined slightly" from the previous quarter because of the delayed openings -- in Santa Monica, Calif., and South Beach, F

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