WHOLE FOODS COMPS LEVEL OFF

AUSTIN, Texas -- Whole Foods Market here said the 7% rise in comparable-store sales during the second quarter is closer to the company's historical average of 8% to 8.5% than the double-digit increases the company saw in the last few quarters.

"The 10% gains are the aberration," John Mackey, chairman, president and chief executive officer, told financial analysts during a conference call last week. "The fact that comps are trading back toward their historical

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