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

g asset impairment charges, adjusted EBITDA was $293.9 million, and EBITANCE was $323.1 million.

Year to date, the Company has produced $315.1 million in cash flow from operations and invested $185.2 million in capital expenditures, of which $142.5 million related to new stores. This resulted in free cash flow of $129.9 million. In addition, the Company has paid cash dividends to preferred stockholders of $11.3 million.

The Company's average results for the last five fiscal years and quarterly results for the last five fiscal quarters are shown in the following table. Where applicable, percentages have been adjusted to exclude asset impairment charges, FTC-related legal costs, Hurricane Katrina charges and credits, and share-based payments expense related to the Company's September 2005 accelerated vesting of stock options.

                                 FY04-FY08
                                   Average   2Q08   3Q08   4Q08   1Q09   2Q09
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    Sales growth                     20.5%  27.6%  21.6%  15.5%   0.4%  -0.5%
    Comparable store sales growth    10.2%   6.7%   2.6%   0.4%  -4.0%  -4.8%
    Identical store sales growth      9.1%   5.1%   1.9%  -0.5%  -4.9%  -5.8%

    Gross profit                     34.7%  34.9%  34.4%  33.3%  33.4%  34.7%
    Direct store expenses            25.9%  26.6%  26.6%  26.6%  26.4%  26.2%
    Store contribution                8.8%   8.3%   7.7%   6.8%   6.9%   8.5%
    G&A expenses                      3.3%   3.6%   3.3%   2.9%   2.9%   2.9%

For the quarter, gross profit decreased 16 basis points to 34.7% of sales. The LIFO charge was zero versus $2.7 million last year, a positive impact of 14 basis points. An improvement in cost of goods sold, excluding the positive impact of LIFO, was more than offset by an increase in occupancy cos
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