Analyze the Origin(S) and Subsequent Evolution of Your Personal and Workplace Values.

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2012 Annual Report
Our “bottom line” ultimately depends on our ability to satisfy all of our stakeholders. Our goal is to balance the needs and desires of our customers, team members, shareholders, suppliers, communities and the environment while creating value for all. By growing the collective pie, we create larger slices for all of our stakeholders. Our core values reflect this sense of collective fate and are the soul of our company.
Selling the HIGHEST QUALITY natural and organic products available
Supporting team member HAPPINESS and EXCELLENCE
Creating WEALTH through profits and growth
Caring about our COMMUNITIES and our environment
Creating ongoing WIN-WIN PARTNERSHIPS with our suppliers
Promoting the health of our stakeholders through HEALTHY EATING EDUCATION f i n a n c i a l h i g h l i g h t s
Fiscal year 2012 was a 53-week year.
1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
6.6% 7.0%
8.0% 8.7% 8.1%
8.4% 8.4%
$8.0 $8.0
$0.82 $0.85
Net cash provided by operating activities
Development costs of new locations
Other property and equipment expenditures
Free Cash Flow
*The Company defines Free Cash Flow as net cash provided by operating activities less capital expenditures.
Identical Store Sales Growth
Net Sales (in Billions) Operating Income (in Millions) & Operating Margin
Earnings per Diluted Share Free Cash Flow* (in Millions)
2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
$ 335 $ 588 $ 585 $ 755 $ 920
(358) (248) (171) (203) (262)
(172) (67) (85) (162) (195)
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