UNITED NATURAL REPORTS 25.2% SALES INCREASE

DAYVILLE, Conn. -- Growing demand for natural and organic products resulted in a quarterly sales gain of 25.2% and a 50% increase in earnings for United Natural Foods here, the company said last week.United reported earnings of $9.9 million, or 24 cents per share, on sales of $477.5 million for its fiscal first quarter ended Oct. 31. The company also raised its yearly earnings guidance from a range

DAYVILLE, Conn. -- Growing demand for natural and organic products resulted in a quarterly sales gain of 25.2% and a 50% increase in earnings for United Natural Foods here, the company said last week.

United reported earnings of $9.9 million, or 24 cents per share, on sales of $477.5 million for its fiscal first quarter ended Oct. 31. The company also raised its yearly earnings guidance from a range of 93 cents to 97 cents per share to 95 cents to $1, Steven Townsend, chief executive

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