• Whole Foods Market, Austin, Texas, with sales in the second half up 12.6% to $5.7 billion, comps up 8.7% in both the fourth and first quarters, and operating income up 23.8% to $307.6 million. “The success Whole Foods is having illustrates the bifurcation between upscale consumers and others,” Giblen said. “Among upscale shoppers, spending has been very strong, and Whole Foods has done an excellent job of bringing pretty low prices to organics and other quality ...

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