STRIKE MIGRATION BOOSTS WHOLE FOODS' COMPS

AUSTIN, Texas -- Whole Foods Markets here said its comparable-store sales in the second quarter were up 17.1% over year-ago levels, some of which it attributed to gains from the labor dispute that affected its competitors in Southern California.The natural foods retailer estimated it has retained 30% of the sales it gained since the strike-lockout at Vons, Ralphs and Albertsons stores was settled

AUSTIN, Texas -- Whole Foods Markets here said its comparable-store sales in the second quarter were up 17.1% over year-ago levels, some of which it attributed to gains from the labor dispute that affected its competitors in Southern California.

The natural foods retailer estimated it has retained 30% of the sales it gained since the strike-lockout at Vons, Ralphs and Albertsons stores was settled in March. In a conference call with analysts last week, John Mackey, Whole Foods chairma

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