AUSTIN, Texas — Whole Foods Market here said yesterday that despite posting negative comparable-store sales in the recently ended fiscal fourth quarter, trends are improving. "We believe our sales have stabilized and officially turned the corner," said John Mackey, chairman and chief executive officer, in a prepared statement. In the first several weeks of the first fiscal quarter, comparable-store sales have turned positive, he said, with gains of 1.6%, while same-store sales grew 0.4%. ...

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