Whole Foods Trends Improve

Whole Foods Market said last week sales trends during the first five weeks of the first quarter are running ahead of last year an indication that fiscal 2010 will be a stronger year than the fiscal year that ended in September. Total sales for the five-week period are up 5%, with comparable-store sales up 1.6% and identical-store sales up 0.4% the second consecutive quarter in which

AUSTIN, Texas — Whole Foods Market said last week sales trends during the first five weeks of the first quarter are running ahead of last year — an indication that fiscal 2010 will be a stronger year than the fiscal year that ended in September.

Total sales for the five-week period are up 5%, with comparable-store sales up 1.6% and identical-store sales up 0.4% — the second consecutive quarter in which comp and ID sales are improving after five quarters of year-over-year declin

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