WHOLE FOODS' VOLUME, PROFIT SHOW GAINS IN QUARTER, YEAR

AUSTIN, Texas -- Whole Foods Market here said third-quarter sales were $257.6 million, an increase of 20.7% over sales of $213.4 million for the same period of the prior fiscal year.ased 9.7% for the third quarter and 7.5% year-to-date. Earnings for the quarter were $6.95 million, or 33 cents per share, an increase of 49% over prior-year earnings of $4.66 million, or 23 cents per share.Year-to-date

AUSTIN, Texas -- Whole Foods Market here said third-quarter sales were $257.6 million, an increase of 20.7% over sales of $213.4 million for the same period of the prior fiscal year.

ased 9.7% for the third quarter and 7.5% year-to-date. Earnings for the quarter were $6.95 million, or 33 cents per share, an increase of 49% over prior-year earnings of $4.66 million, or 23 cents per share.

Year-to-date earnings for the 40-week period were $17.26 million, or 85 cents per share, compared with $6.22 million, or 32 cents per share, in the prior year. Earnings in 1996 include a charge of $1.98 million related to the restructuring of the company's southern California region.

Whole Foods Market operates 75 stores in 17 states and Washington, and currently has 17 stores in development.

3rd-QUARTER RESULTS

Qtr Ended 7/6/97 6/30/96

Sales $257.6 million $213.4 million

Change + 20.7%

Same-store + 9.7%

Net Income $6.95 million $4.66 million

Change + 49%

Inc/Share 33 cents 23 cents

40 Weeks 1997 1996

Sales $796.7 million $662.3 million

Change + 20.3%

Same-store + 7.5%

Net Income $17.26 million $6.22 million

Change + 179%

Inc/Share 85 cents 32 cents

Earnings in 1996 include a charge of $1.98 million related to the restructuring of the company's southern California region.