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 declines, the ...

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