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

) Includes leases tendered

FTC Update

As previously announced, the Company is awaiting final approval of the settlement agreement reached with the FTC resolving its antitrust challenge to the Company's acquisition of Wild Oats Markets, Inc. Under the terms of the agreement, a third-party divestiture trustee has been appointed to market for sale: leases and related assets for 19 non-operating former Wild Oats stores, 10 of which were closed by Wild Oats prior to the merger and nine of which were closed by Whole Foods Market; leases and related fixed assets (excluding inventory) for 12 operating acquired Wild Oats stores and one operating Whole Foods Market store; and Wild Oats(R) trademarks and other intellectual property associated with the Wild Oats stores. The 13 operating stores had combined sales of approximately $24.6 million in the second quarter of fiscal year 2009, or approximately 1.3% of the Company's total sales of $1.9 billion.

The divestiture trustee has six months to market the assets to be divested. For any good faith offers that are not finalized by September 6, 2009, an extension of up to six months may be granted. This twelve-month period may be extended further to allow the FTC to approve any purchase agreements submitted within that time period. The only other obligations imposed on the Company by the settlement agreement are in support of the divestiture trustee process.

After receiving final approval by the FTC, the Company expects to record a non-cash charge of up to $5.5 million to adjust certain long-lived assets to fair value relating to the potential sale of the 13 operating stores. This is lower than the Company's original estimate primarily due to non-cash asset impairment charges recorded during the second quarter to adjust four of the 13 operating stores to fair value, which is determined based on long-term discounted cash flow projections.


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