WHOLE FOODS' SALES BEAT PROJECTIONS IN FIRST QUARTER

AUSTIN, Texas -- Whole Foods Market here said last week it is maintaining same-store sales guidance for the year in the range of 8% to 10%, despite a stronger comparison for the first quarter ended Jan. 16.Comps for the 16-week quarter climbed 11.4%, against a comp increase of 14.7% a year ago -- a quarter that was positively impacted by the strike-lockout in Southern California that lasted from October

AUSTIN, Texas -- Whole Foods Market here said last week it is maintaining same-store sales guidance for the year in the range of 8% to 10%, despite a stronger comparison for the first quarter ended Jan. 16.

Comps for the 16-week quarter climbed 11.4%, against a comp increase of 14.7% a year ago -- a quarter that was positively impacted by the strike-lockout in Southern California that lasted from October 2003 through February 2004. It was the chain's fifth consecutive quarter with dou

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