AUSTIN, Texas — Bad news continued to besiege Whole Foods Market last week, as the company said it would lay off 49 employees at its headquarters here, according to local reports. In addition, the company escalated a massive ground-beef recall and took a step deeper into its antitrust showdown with the Federal Trade Commission. The news of the staff cutbacks comes after the formerly fast-growing chain earlier this month reported the weakest comparable-store sales growth in its history and ...

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