United Natural Foods Inc.'s stock (UNFI) experienced a volatile trading session early Wednesday. The grocery wholesaler reported a narrower-than-expected adjusted loss for its fiscal first quarter. However, the company failed to meet revenue estimates.

Financial Performance

For the quarter ending October 28, United Natural Foods Inc. recorded a net loss of $39 million, or 67 cents per share. This marks a sharp decline from the $66 million income, or $1.07 per share, reported in the same period last year. The company's adjusted per-share loss came in at 4 cents, surpassing the FactSet consensus of 32 cents loss per share.

While sales figures showed an increase from $7.532 billion to $7.552 billion, it fell short of the $7.612 billion FactSet consensus.

Revised Guidance

United Natural Foods Inc. has updated its fiscal 2024 guidance regarding net loss and earnings per share (EPS). The revision reflects non-cash asset charges and a gain on a sale. The company now anticipates a net loss ranging from $120 million to $46 million, compared to the previously projected range of $110 million to $36 million. The guidance for sales, however, remains unchanged at $30.9 billion to $31.5 billion.

Market Performance

So far this year, United Natural Foods Inc.'s stock has experienced a significant decline of 58%. Meanwhile, the S&P 500 has seen a positive growth of 19%.

These results demonstrate both positive and negative aspects of United Natural Foods Inc.'s fiscal first quarter performance. While the narrower-than-expected adjusted loss is a positive sign, the failure to meet revenue estimates raises concerns. With revised guidance in place, stakeholders will be keen to monitor the company's progress moving forward.

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