WILD OATS' SUPPLY CHAIN PROBLEMS SQUEEZE MARGINS

BOULDER, Colo. -- Wild Oats Markets here said the negative effects of switching distributors will be largely behind it by next year.The natural-products retailer revealed in a conference call with analysts that supply chain inefficiencies in the third quarter had a negative impact on sales and margins in the 13-week period that ended Sept. 27. The call followed another recent call in which the company

BOULDER, Colo. -- Wild Oats Markets here said the negative effects of switching distributors will be largely behind it by next year.

The natural-products retailer revealed in a conference call with analysts that supply chain inefficiencies in the third quarter had a negative impact on sales and margins in the 13-week period that ended Sept. 27. The call followed another recent call in which the company said it would revert back to United Natural Foods, Dayville, Conn., as its primary

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