(Feb. 5, 3:05 p.m.) The Federal Trade Commission is giving Whole Foods Market Inc. 30 more days for settlement talks.

The commission’s antitrust challenge of the Austin, Texas-based retailer’s purchase of Boulder, Colo.-based Wild Oats Markets Inc. was put on hold for five business days in early February for the two parties to discuss a settlement.

On Feb. 4, the FTC tacked on an additional 30 days.

“We look forward to continuing our discussions with Whole Foods to determine whether we can reach a mutually agreeable settlement,” David Wales, acting director of the FTC’s bureau of competition said, in a statement.

Wild Oats is no more, Whole Foods contends, except for a half dozen signs awaiting municipal approval.

The company sought information from its competitors in select markets in early January to help bolster its case in the FTC’s administrative trial.

Jim Sud, Whole Foods vice president, said, in a statement, “We look forward to continuing constructive dialogue with the FTC to find a mutually agreeable resolution to this matter.”

Neither side has elaborated on a possible remedy for the situation.