05 March 2014

DEERFIELD, Ill., March 05, 2014 - Walgreens (NYSE: WAG) (Nasdaq: WAG) had February sales of $6.05 billion, an increase of 5.0 percent from $5.76 billion for the same month in fiscal 2013.

Total front-end sales increased 3.0 percent compared with the same month in fiscal 2013, while comparable store front-end sales increased 2.0 percent. Customer traffic in comparable stores decreased 0.7 percent while basket size increased 2.7 percent.

Prescriptions filled at comparable stores increased by 2.2 percent in February. Prescriptions filled at comparable stores were positively impacted by 0.1 percentage point due to more flu shots in the month versus last year but were negatively impacted by 1.0 percentage point due to the lower incidence of flu in February 2014.

February pharmacy sales increased by 6.7 percent, while comparable store pharmacy sales increased 6.1 percent. Comparable store pharmacy sales were negatively impacted by 1.4 percentage points due to generic drug introductions in the last 12 months, and were positively impacted by 0.1 percentage point due to more flu shots in February versus last year. The lower incidence of flu negatively impacted pharmacy sales by 0.7 percentage point. Pharmacy sales accounted for 62.9 percent of total sales for the month.

Flu shots administered at pharmacies and clinics season to date were 7.7 million versus nearly 7.0 million last year.

Sales in comparable stores increased by 4.5 percent in February. Generic drug introductions in the last 12 months negatively impacted total comparable sales by 0.9 percentage point, while the lower incidence of flu negatively impacted total comparable sales by 0.4 percentage point.

Total sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2014, which ended Feb. 28, were $19.61 billion, up 5.2 percent from $18.65 billion in last year’s quarter. Comparable store sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2014 increased 4.5 percent, while front-end comparable store sales for the quarter increased 2.0 percent. Prescriptions filled at comparable stores increased 2.4 percent in the second quarter and comparable pharmacy sales increased 6.1 percent.

Severe winter weather is estimated to have negatively impacted second quarter comparable store front-end sales by 0.6 percentage point and negatively impacted the quarter’s prescriptions filled at comparable stores by 0.8 percentage point. Additionally, the company incurred incremental selling, general and administrative expenses throughout the quarter from the severe weather.

Calendar 2014 sales were $12.43 billion, an increase of 4.2 percent from $11.93 billion in 2013.

Fiscal 2014 year-to-date sales for the first six months were $37.95 billion, an increase of 5.5 percent from $35.96 billion in fiscal 2013.

Walgreens opened eight stores during February, including five relocations.

On Feb. 28, Walgreens operated 8,681 locations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. That includes 8,209 drugstores, 138 more than a year ago, including 60 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.

February Comparable Sales and Prescriptions Filled











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Total Comp Sales     4.5%     0.0%     - 0.9%     - 0.4%     0.0%
Comp Front End     2.0%     -     -     -     -
Comp Rx Sales     6.1%     0.0%     - 1.4%     - 0.7%     0.1%
Comp Rx Scripts     2.2%*     0.0%     -     - 1.0%     0.1%

* Includes +2.5 percentage points from patients filling more 90-day prescriptions

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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