AUSTIN, Texas -- Whole Foods Market here said last week its natural foods format will not be affected by a slowing economy, citing strong fourth-quarter, comp-store sales growth to support its confidence. John Mackey, Whole Foods chairman, chief executive officer and president, said in a conference call with investment analysts following the release of fourth-quarter results, "We believe that because of our strong and differentiated brand, we are proving to be somewhat insulated from an ...

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