WHOLE FOODS: EARNINGS LAGGING SALES GROWTH

AUSTIN, Texas -- Whole Foods Market here believes its best years lie ahead of it, though earnings growth could trail sales growth while a spate of new stores matures, John Mackey, chairman, president and chief executive officer, told industry analysts last week."We believe the best is yet to come as the Whole Foods Market brand continues to strengthen and as we open bigger and better new stores at

AUSTIN, Texas -- Whole Foods Market here believes its best years lie ahead of it, though earnings growth could trail sales growth while a spate of new stores matures, John Mackey, chairman, president and chief executive officer, told industry analysts last week.

"We believe the best is yet to come as the Whole Foods Market brand continues to strengthen and as we open bigger and better new stores at an accelerated rate in the years ahead," he said.

"For fiscal 2005, we are faci

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