UNITED NATURAL GETS BOOST FROM WILD OATS

DAYVILLE, Conn. -- United Natural Foods here last week reported that sales grew 21.7% during the fourth quarter and 21% for its fiscal year.The distributor cited the reacquisition in March of the supply business of Wild Oats Markets and strong trends in natural foods overall. Boulder, Colo.-based Wild Oats represented about 9% of United's $446.4 million in fourth-quarter sales. Though Wild Oats recently

DAYVILLE, Conn. -- United Natural Foods here last week reported that sales grew 21.7% during the fourth quarter and 21% for its fiscal year.

The distributor cited the reacquisition in March of the supply business of Wild Oats Markets and strong trends in natural foods overall. Boulder, Colo.-based Wild Oats represented about 9% of United's $446.4 million in fourth-quarter sales. Though Wild Oats recently encountered issues affecting its turnaround, observers said United's results show

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