WHOLE FOODS REPORTS EARNINGS HIKE

AUSTIN, Texas -- Whole Foods Market here said ongoing consumer interest in natural foods helped propel sales and earnings for the year and fourth quarter ended Sept. 27. Net income for the year rose 70.4% to $45.4 million, while sales were up 24% to $1.4 billion. The company said comparable store sales rose 11% and identical store sales, excluding relocations, increased 10.5%.$11.1 million, while

AUSTIN, Texas -- Whole Foods Market here said ongoing consumer interest in natural foods helped propel sales and earnings for the year and fourth quarter ended Sept. 27. Net income for the year rose 70.4% to $45.4 million, while sales were up 24% to $1.4 billion. The company said comparable store sales rose 11% and identical store sales, excluding relocations, increased 10.5%.

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