Whole Foods Market reported net income rocketed 53.5% to $65.7m (£41.1m) for its third quarter. Total sales increased 15% to $2.2bn (£1.4bn), while like-for-likes were up 8.8%. Whole Foods also boosted sales through a focus on opening smaller stores. Co-chief executive Walter Robb said: “We know that the economy is improving - it’s just improving slowly.”