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Whole Foods loses ground after competitor's earnings miss

Whole Foods (WFM) is dropping after one of its competitors, The Fresh Market (TFM), reported lower than expected third quarter earnings per share. The Fresh Market's comparative sales rose 5.6% during its third quarter, but that was down from 8.1% in its second quarter. Moreover, the upscale grocery store chain reported that its CFO had resigned. On a somewhat positive note, the company maintained its FY12 EPS guidance of $1.33-$1.38, versus analysts' consensus estimate of $1.38. In early trading Whole Foods fell $1.12, or 1.23% to $90.25, while The Fresh Market tumbled $10.28, or 17.07%, to $49.96.