PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A moderation of price inflation and greater consistency in weekly sales has given wholesaler United Natural Foods here confidence that it has seen — and survived — the worst of the economic downturn. “We're beginning to feel more comfortable and more optimistic that we have seen the bottom of the decline and things are beginning to improve,” Steve Spinner, president and chief executive officer of UNFI, told analysts in a conference call discussing first-quarter results. ...

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