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Whole Foods Market Reports Second Quarter 2009 Results
Date:5/13/2009

Company Reports Diluted EPS of $0.19, Operating Cash Flow of $173 Million, and Generates $98 Million of Free Cash Flow; Company Updates 2009 Outlook to Reflect Year-to-Date Sales Results, Maintains Bottom-Line Guidance

AUSTIN, Texas, May 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Whole Foods Market, Inc. (Nasdaq: WFMI) today reported results for the 12-week second quarter ended April 12, 2009. Sales for the quarter were $1.9 billion, in line with the prior year. Comparable store sales decreased 4.8% versus a 6.7% increase in the prior year. Identical store sales, excluding seven relocations and two major expansions, decreased 5.8% versus a 5.1% increase in the prior year. Excluding the negative impact of foreign currency translation, comparable store sales decreased 4.1%, and identical store sales decreased 5.1%.

"We are very pleased with our second quarter results, including free cash flow of $98 million. Despite flat sales year over year, we exhibited strong expense control leading to a 10% increase in income from operations excluding non-cash asset impairment charges," said John Mackey, chairman, chief executive officer, and co-founder of Whole Foods Market. "Based on our strong year-to-date results, we are maintaining our prior fiscal year ranges for estimated EBITDA, EBITANCE and diluted earnings per share, excluding asset impairment charges and assuming just under $8.0 billion in sales."

For the second quarter, the Company's effective tax rate was 42.5%, income available to common shareholders was $27.3 million, and diluted earnings per share were $0.19. These results included non-cash asset impairment charges of approximately $13 million, or $0.05 per diluted share.

Excluding the non-cash asset impairment charges, income from operations increased 10% to $82.7 million; adjus
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