WHOLE FOODS EARNINGS JUMP IN FIRST QUARTER

AUSTIN, Texas -- Whole Foods Market here said last week an expanding customer base led to strong sales and earnings gains in the first quarter ended Jan. 20.The company reported comp-store gains of 9.4%, with a net income of $20.1 million, a 34% increase. Sales jumped 21% to $780 million.In a conference call last week following the release of these results, John Mackey, chairman, president and chief

AUSTIN, Texas -- Whole Foods Market here said last week an expanding customer base led to strong sales and earnings gains in the first quarter ended Jan. 20.

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