UNITED NATURAL POSTS FIRST-QUARTER GAINS

DAYVILLE, Conn. -- Despite the loss of its second-largest customer, Wild Oats, Boulder, Colo., United Natural Foods posted first-quarter net income growth of 9% to $5.4 million, or 28 cents per share on a diluted basis, excluding special items for the period ending Oct. 31. This compares to $4.9 million, or 26 cents per diluted share, excluding special items, for the prior year's quarter.d the acquisition

DAYVILLE, Conn. -- Despite the loss of its second-largest customer, Wild Oats, Boulder, Colo., United Natural Foods posted first-quarter net income growth of 9% to $5.4 million, or 28 cents per share on a diluted basis, excluding special items for the period ending Oct. 31. This compares to $4.9 million, or 26 cents per diluted share, excluding special items, for the prior year's quarter.

d the acquisition of Blooming Prairie Cooperative, a large natural food distributor in the Midwes

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