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Whole Foods Could Be in a Whole Lot of Trouble

Whole Foods (WFM - Get Report) could miss on earnings estimates for the fourth quarter. And if so, Whole Foods investors will be in a whole lot of trouble.

Whole Foods reports its fiscal 2015 fourth quarter on Nov. 4 after the market close. The company could miss the quarter. Investors are looking for earnings per share of 35 cents on revenue of $3.476 billion.

Year to date the stock is down 40% on weak earnings and slowing growth. Same-store sales have been in free fall. The company started the year out with a same-store sales increase of 4.5%. But by the third quarter, comparable-store sales were just 1.3%. For the fourth quarter, Whole Foods is up against a 3.1% same-store sales figure...