Shares of Sprouts Farmers Market, The Fresh Market and other specialty grocers tumbled Wednesday following a weaker-than-expected earnings report from Whole Foods Market, which some saw as a sign of increasing competition in the natural and organic space. After the market closed, Phoenix-based Sprouts posted same-store sales gains of 12.8% for its fiscal first quarter, which ended March 30, and said net income nearly doubled for the period. Its stock was down nearly 12%, however, and shares ...

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