Walgreens October Sales Increase 6.1 Percent

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DEERFIELD, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Walgreens (WAG) (WAG) had October sales of $6.37 billion, an increase of 6.1 percent from $6.0 billion for the same month in fiscal 2013.

Total front-end sales increased 3.5 percent compared with the same month in fiscal 2013, while comparable store front-end sales increased 2.3 percent. Customer traffic in comparable stores increased 0.6 percent while basket size increased 1.7 percent.

Prescriptions filled at comparable stores increased by 5.7 percent in October and increased 6.2 percent on a calendar day-shift adjusted basis. This year’s October had one additional Thursday and one fewer Monday compared with October 2012. These calendar shifts negatively impacted prescriptions filled at comparable stores by 0.5 percentage point.

Prescriptions filled at comparable stores also were positively impacted by 1.1 percentage points due to more flu shots versus last year and were negatively impacted by 0.2 percentage point due to lower incidence of flu in this year’s October.

October pharmacy sales increased by 7.8 percent, while comparable store pharmacy sales increased 7.9 percent and increased by a calendar day-shift adjusted 8.4 percent. Calendar day shifts negatively impacted pharmacy sales in comparable stores by 0.5 percentage point. Calendar day-shift adjusted comparable store pharmacy sales were negatively impacted by 1.0 percentage point due to generic drug introductions in the last 12 months, and were positively impacted by 0.7 percentage point due to more flu shots versus last year. Pharmacy sales accounted for 65.5 percent of total sales for the month.

Flu shots administered at pharmacies and clinics season to date were more than 4.9 million versus nearly 3.6 million last year.

Sales in comparable stores increased by 5.8 percent in October. Calendar day shifts negatively impacted total comparable sales by 0.3 percentage point, while generic drug introductions in the last 12 months negatively impacted total comparable sales by 0.7 percentage point.

Calendar 2013 sales to date were $60.47 billion, an increase of 4.3 percent from $57.97 billion in 2012.

Fiscal 2014 year-to-date sales for the first two months were $12.29 billion, up 7.0 percent from $11.49 billion in the comparable period in fiscal 2013.

Walgreens opened 14 stores during October, including four relocations, and closed two.

    October Comparable Sales and Prescriptions Filled
                 
Actual

Calendar
Shift
Impact

Generics
Impact

Cough,
Cold, Flu
Impact

Flu
Shot
Impact

 
Total Comp Sales 5.8% - 0.3% - 0.7% - 0.1% 0.5%
Comp Front End 2.3% - - - -
Comp Rx Sales 7.9% - 0.5% - 1.0% - 0.1% 0.7%
Comp Rx Scripts 5.7%* - 0.5% - - 0.2% 1.1%

* Includes +1.9 percentage points from patients filling more 90-day prescriptions

On Oct. 31, Walgreens operated 8,597 locations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. That includes 8,131 drugstores, 101 more than a year ago, including five net stores acquired over the last 12 months. The company also operates infusion and respiratory services facilities, specialty pharmacies and mail service facilities. Its Take Care Health Systems subsidiary manages more than 750 in-store convenient care clinics and worksite health and wellness centers.

Please note: Sales numbers and the adjustments shown in the table are preliminary, unaudited and subject to revision. Comparable stores are defined as those drugstore locations open for at least 12 consecutive months without closure for seven or more consecutive days and without a major remodel or a natural disaster in the past 12 months. Acquired operating locations and relocations are not included as comparable stores for the first 12 months after the acquisition or relocation.

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