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Updated from 12:02 p.m. EDT

Grocery stocks were mixed Friday after the U.S. government said the

unemployment rate

had reached 8.5%, by some measures the highest rate recorded since 1983.

Adding to

Whole Foods'

( WFMI) worries, an analyst at Jeffries downgraded the stock from Buy to Hold, saying that comp sales remain negative and that the company might have trouble cutting its lease expenses. Whole Foods shares ended the day down 1.3% to $18.64 after dipping as low as $18.01.


Kroger shares were down 0.1% to $21.66.

BJ's Wholesale fell 0.4% to $33.41.

Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. ( GAP) rose 2.2% to $6.16.

SuperValu rose 0.1% to $15.

Wal-Mart rose 0.3% to $53.80.

Safeway was up 1.6% to $21.18.

Costco rose 1.8 $48.91.

Winn Dixie ( WINN) finished the day up 3.1% at $10.88.