WILD OATS SEES STRONG SALES GAINS

BOULDER, Colo. -- Wild Oats Markets here last week said it was able to leverage sales growth to return to profitability in the second quarter that ended July 2.

Net income for the quarter was $922,000, compared with a loss a year ago, although the company had a loss for the half of $229,000. Sales jumped 13.1% to $284.6 million in the quarter and 9.2% to $562.7 million in the half, with comparable-store sales climbing 5.4% in the quarter. It said comps excluding Southern Califor

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