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• Whole Foods said that its fourth quarter profit was $36.4 million, up from $1,5 million during the same period a year ago, when there were a “host of charges” that depressed earnings. Q4 sales were up 2.3 percent to $1.83 billion, on same-store sales that were down 0.9 percent.

• Miller Coors said that its third quarter earnings were up 37 percent to $229.7 million, on Q3 revenue that was up three percent to $2.01 billion.

• Caribou Coffee said that its third-quarter profit was $654,000 up from a loss of $8.7 million during the same period a year ago. Q3 sales were up three percent to $62.7 million.
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