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3 Tasty Takeaways From Whole Foods' Earnings Report

By Demitri Kalogeropoulos – Feb 19, 2014 at 12:41PM

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A look beyond the headline numbers in the grocer’s latest business results.

Whole Foods Market (WFM) shares dove after the company signaled that its days of consistently clocking 8% quarterly sales gains may be numbered. And for a stock that's priced for big growth, that's an important trend for investors to watch. Still, one quarter's results tell us almost nothing about the company's long-term potential, which remains massive.

In the video below, Fool contributor Demitrios Kalogeropoulos argues that, in worrying over the cloudy sales growth issue, investors may have missed much of the good news in Whole Foods' latest results. For one thing, the company's market potential is growing as more consumers look to fill their shopping carts with healthier food options. Next, Whole Foods set a new first-quarter record in profitability, giving it plenty of ammunition to compete on price and win a larger share of this growing market. And finally, the company is seeing strong results with its "365" value brand, which should give it another avenue for growth as it builds on its loyal customer base, he argues.

John Mackey, co-CEO of Whole Foods Market, is a member of The Motley Fool's board of directors. Demitrios Kalogeropoulos has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends and owns shares of Whole Foods Market. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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