WHOLE FOODS SEES LONG-TERM BENEFITS FROM STRIKE

AUSTIN, Texas -- Whole Foods Market here is continuing to reap significant benefits from the 18-week-old Southern California strike-lockout -- long after it thought those benefits would erode -- John Mackey, chairman, president and chief executive officer, told industry analysts last week."The longer the strike went on, we thought customers would drift back to their old patterns," he said, "but sales

AUSTIN, Texas -- Whole Foods Market here is continuing to reap significant benefits from the 18-week-old Southern California strike-lockout -- long after it thought those benefits would erode -- John Mackey, chairman, president and chief executive officer, told industry analysts last week.

"The longer the strike went on, we thought customers would drift back to their old patterns," he said, "but sales are as good now as they were four months ago, with zero erosion and maybe even some

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