Whole Foods Deal Could Close Today

Whole Foods was expected to complete its tender offer for Wild Oats’ stock today after a three-judge panel in Washington last week declined to delay the merger.

AUSTIN, Texas — Whole Foods here was expected to complete its tender offer for Wild Oats’ stock today after a three-judge panel in Washington last week declined to delay the merger. Stock in Wild Oats shot up within pennies of the deal price of $18.50 per share on Friday, while Whole Foods’ stock also traded up. Whole Foods had agreed to wait until today to complete the merger while the Federal Trade Commission sought a stay to give it time to file an appeal in its antitrust case against the

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