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Whole Foods' profit climbs on stronger sales

2:15 PM, Jul 31, 2013   |    comments
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NEW YORK (AP) - Whole Foods Market Inc. says its profit rose by 21 percent in the latest quarter, as the organic grocery store chain saw sales increase and costs ease.

The company, based in Austin, Texas, says comparable store sales - a key metric because it strips the impact from newly opened or closed locations - rose 7.5 percent.

It raised its outlook for the year slightly. Whole Foods Markets Inc. earned $142 million, or 38 cents per share, which was a penny more than analysts expected, according to FactSet.

A year ago, the company earned $117 million, or 31 cents per share.

Revenue rose 12 percent to $3.06 billion, of the $3.09 billion Wall Street had forecast. Shares fell 3 percent in after-market trading to $53.70.

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