July 26, 2017 / 5:49 PM / 2 years ago

Whole Foods profit down as same-store sales declines persists

A customer enters the Whole Foods Market in Superior, Colorado United States July 26, 2017. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Whole Foods Market Inc WFM.O, which has agreed to be bought by Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) for $13.7 billion, on Wednesday reported a quarterly profit decline after same-store sales fell for the eighth quarter in a row.

Shares in the upscale grocer, which released the financial report more than two hours earlier than expected, were largely unchanged at $41.80 in midday trading.

Net income fell to $106 million, or 33 cents per share, from $120 million, or 37 cents per share, a year earlier.

The Austin, Texas-based upscale grocer reported a 1.9 percent drop in same-store sales for the third quarter that ended July 2.

Whole Foods said it expects to close its deal with Amazon during the second half of this year, and said it would not update its earnings forecasts and would not hold a conference call.

Reporting by Lisa Baertlein in Los Angeles; Editing by Jonathan Oatis

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