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Sales are up 10% to $25 mil. in first quarter ended Jan. 17, Whole Foods CEO John Mackey said during a conference call with securities analysts Feb. 16. Amrion is a wholly owned subsidiary of the natural foods supermarket chain, and produces roughly half of the company's 350 SKUs of private label supplements. Amrion pretax earnings were $2.1 mil., down $500,000 from the prior year; higher than expected SG&A expenses were cited as the cause of the decline. Whole Foods will begin selling over 6,000 SKUs at March 22, and will offer "a very large selection of nutritional supplements" on the site, Mackey stated

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