Dollar General sees same-store, net sales increase in Q1

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Dollar General sees same-store, net sales increase in Q1

By Marianne Wilson - 05/31/2018
Dollar General missed analysts’ expectations in its first quarter as the delayed spring took a toll on sales.

The company’s net income fell 20% to $365 million, with earnings per share of $1.36, for the quarter ended May 4, compared to net income of $279 million, or earnings per share of $1.02, in the year-ago period. Analysts had been looking for $1.40 per share.

Net sales increased 9.0% to $6.1 billion. Same-store sales increased 2.1%, less than analysts had expected.

Sales growth was driven by robust sales of consumables, which partially offset sales declines in the apparel, seasonal and home categories. Dollar General said the unseasonably cold and damp spring cut into sales on certain product categories and negatively impacted same-store sales in the quarter. A host of other retailers have also cited the weather in reporting less than expected first quarter results.

“Our team delivered strong net sales growth, a solid same-store sales increase, and gross margin expansion while continuing to execute our cost containment strategy,” Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO, said. “We are proud of our execution and solid performance, particularly given the significant weather-related headwind we faced during the first quarter.”

During the quarter, Dollar General opened 241 new stores, remodeled 322 stores and relocated 31 stores. For the full year, it plans to open approximately 900 new stores, remodel 1,000 stores and relocate 100 stores. Dollar General operated 14,761 stores in 44 states as of May 4, 2018.