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    Sprouts Delivers 15% Top Line Growth in 2017

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    Sprouts Farmers Market Largely in Line with Expectations in 4Q17

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    How Whole Foods’ Price Cuts Could Impact Sprouts Farmers Market

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    Sprouts Farmers Market’s 2Q17 Earnings Rose 16%

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    Solid Comps, New Store Openings Boost SFM’s 2Q17 Top Line

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    WFM Reports 8th Consecutive Same-Store Sales Drop in 3Q17

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    Despite SFM’s Cost, It Has a Better Earnings Potential than Its Peers

    Sprouts Farmers Market (SFM) is valued at a one-year forward price-to-earnings ratio (or PE) of 26.0x, which is close to the upper end of its 52-week PE range of 20.0x–27.0x.

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    What Analysts Recommend for Sprouts Farmers Market before Its 2Q17 Results

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    How Sprouts Farmers Market Stock Has Fared in 2017 So Far

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    SFM’s Sales Comps to Remain in Positive Territory in 2Q17

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    A Preview of Sprouts Farmers Market ahead of Its 2Q17 Results

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    SFM’s Comps Growth to Remain Muted in Fiscal 2017

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    How Sprouts’ Top Line Looks ahead of 1Q17 Results

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    Sprouts Farmers Market’s Earnings to Remain Flat in 1Q17

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    Despite Challenges, SFM Delivered Industry-Leading Growth in 2016

    Fiscal 2016 top line rises 13% Despite ongoing deflationary headwinds throughout 2016, Sprouts Farmers Market (SFM) delivered industry-leading top line growth in 2016. The company’s total sales rose 13% to $4 billion during the year. On a 52-week basis, its sales rose 15% YoY (year-over-year), compared to the trailing-12-month top line growths of 1.7%, 4.6%, and […]

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    Higher Costs Hit Sprouts Farmers Market’s Margins in 4Q16

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    Sprouts Farmers Market Reported another Comps Slowdown in 4Q16

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    Sprouts Farmers Market Beat Wall Street’s Expectations in 4Q16

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    2Q16 Earnings Overview: SFM Beats on Earnings, Misses on Revenue

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