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

The Company also will incur some cash expenses relating to legal and trustee fees which are not expected to be material. No material additional charges are expected related to the 19 non-operating properties, for which a lease liability reserve is already recorded, or related to the trademarks which have been fully amortized.

Assumptions for Fiscal Year 2009

For the first four weeks of the third quarter ended May 10, 2009, comparable store sales decreased 3.9%, and identical store sales decreased 5.0%. Excluding the negative impact of foreign currency translation, comparable store sales decreased 3.3%, and identical store sales decreased 4.4%. These results are slightly better than the Company's second quarter results; however, the uncertain economic environment makes it highly difficult to forecast future results. If the Company's comparable and identical store sales in the second half of the year are consistent with its year-to-date results, total sales in fiscal year 2009 would be just under $8.0 billion, including the opening of seven new stores in the second half of the year, three of which are relocations.

Year to date, sales have averaged approximately $154 million per week, a level at which the Company has demonstrated strong discipline around gross margin, direct store expenses and G&A, a discipline the Company hopes to maintain for the remainder of the year. However, the Company expects new store sales to increase as a percentage of total sales and may choose to increase its value offerings to drive sales, both of which could negatively impact store contribution as a percentage of sales. In addition, the Company historically has experienced lower average weekly sales beginning in the summer months through September which typically results in lower gross profit and higher direct store expenses as a percentage of sales, particularly in the fourth quarter. For these reasons, the Compa
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