STRIKE LIFTS WHOLE FOODS' COMPS

AUSTIN, Texas -- Whole Foods Market here said the strike-lockout in Southern California has had a positive impact of approximately 2.5% on comparable-store sales during the first few weeks of the first quarter.John Mackey, chairman, president and chief executive officer, said the labor dispute has impacted 19 Whole Foods stores in Southern California, including 17 in the comp-store base, with comparable-store

AUSTIN, Texas -- Whole Foods Market here said the strike-lockout in Southern California has had a positive impact of approximately 2.5% on comparable-store sales during the first few weeks of the first quarter.

John Mackey, chairman, president and chief executive officer, said the labor dispute has impacted 19 Whole Foods stores in Southern California, including 17 in the comp-store base, with comparable-store growth for the company averaging 13.7% during the first six weeks of the qu

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