WHOLE FOODS SALES, PROFIT BLOSSOM IN QUARTER

AUSTIN, Texas -- Whole Foods Market here said core retail sales rose 24.5% to $425.1 million in the 12-week second quarter ended April 9.ales grew 23.7% to $957 million, core net income rose 11.5% to $25.3 million, and comparable-store sales gained 8.9%.During the second quarter, Whole Foods opened four new stores, one in Michigan and three in California. The company also said it has signed leases

AUSTIN, Texas -- Whole Foods Market here said core retail sales rose 24.5% to $425.1 million in the 12-week second quarter ended April 9.

ales grew 23.7% to $957 million, core net income rose 11.5% to $25.3 million, and comparable-store sales gained 8.9%.

During the second quarter, Whole Foods opened four new stores, one in Michigan and three in California. The company also said it has signed leases for new stores in Denver, Boston and Phoenix, giving it a total of 26 units in development.

In January, Whole Foods announced an agreement to sell an approximately 22% minority interest in WholePeople.com common stock to a group of venture capitalists for $35 million. The Web site was launched in March. Core figures for the company do not include results from WholePeople.com.