PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Sales at United Natural Foods Inc. increased by 10.8% to $985.7 million in the third quarter as sales to independent retailers and conventional supermarkets improved. The wholesaler, based here, said Wednesday its sales to independent retailers were up 6.9% in the quarter that ended May 1, up from flat sales earlier in the year. Independents represent about 40% of UNFI’s business. The sales increase prompted UNFI to increase its estimate of annual sales to $3.7 billion, ...
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