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MarketWatch reports that Whole Foods says that speculation that it is looking for a buyer so it can go private are unfounded.

"Recent rumor and speculation regarding the possibility of Whole Foods Market going private are exactly that – just rumor and speculation,” says spokesperson Michael Silverman.

And co-CEO John Mackey says much the same thing: "I don’t know where all these ‘going private’ rumors come from ... We don’t have any announcements. We are not working on anything. It’s just rumors….It’s rumor and speculation.”
KC's View:
This sounds suspiciously like a "non-denial denial." It sounds definitive, but if they announced a go-private deal next week, it isn't like anyone will be able to accuse them of actually lying.

But maybe that's just my cynicism speaking.