WILD OATS COMPS SLIDE IN FIRST QUARTER

BOULDER, Colo. -- Wild Oats Markets here said last week store-level disruptions caused by inventory reductions and a transition to a new private-label program resulted in a decline in comparable-store sales for the first quarter ended March 29.

Overall sales rose 1.3% to $236 million for the 13-week quarter -- driven by four new-store openings, the company said -- and net income rose 115.6% to $1.4 million, due to an increase of more than 100 basis points in gross margins and co

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