AUSTIN, Texas -- Whole Foods Market here raced through its first $1 billion quarter on the strength of a 20% sales growth and comparable-store gain of 11.6%, the company said last week. For the 12-week fiscal second quarter ended April 10, the natural foods retailer earned $42 million on sales of $1.1 billion. The robust sales results prompted the company to raise its expectations of yearly comparable-store growth to 9% to 11% from previous estimates of 8% to 10%. In a conference call ...
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