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Whole Foods Market Reports Third Quarter Results

Year to date, the Company has produced $818 million in cash flow from operations and invested $377 million in capital expenditures, of which $226 million related to new stores. This resulted in free cash flow of $441 million. In addition, the Company has paid $471 million in quarterly and special dividends to shareholders and repurchased $88 million of common stock.

The following table shows the Company's results for the fiscal year for certain line items compared to its historical three-year ranges and averages. Sales growth for fiscal year 2012 is adjusted to be on a 52-to-52 week basis.

  FY10-FY12 Results  FY13  
  Low High Average YTD
Sales growth 12.1% 13.5% 12.6% 13.1%
Comparable store sales growth 7.1% 8.7% 8.1% 7.2%
Identical store sales growth 6.5% 8.4% 7.8% 6.9%
Ending square footage growth 5.3% 7.6% 6.4% 7.1%
Percent of sales from new & relocated stores 4.2% 5.8% 5.1% 5.6%
Gross profit 34.8% 35.5% 35.1% 35.9%
Direct store expenses 25.5% 26.4% 25.9% 25.4%
Store contribution 8.4% 10.0% 9.2% 10.5%
G&A expenses 3.0% 3.2% 3.1% 3.0%

Growth and Development

The Company opened four stores in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, the Company has opened four stores so far and expects to open eight additional stores. The Company currently has 355 stores open totaling approximately 13.5 million square feet.  

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