Walgreens December Sales Decrease 4.0 Percent

  Walgreens December Sales Decrease 4.0 Percent

Business Wire

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- January 4, 2013

Walgreens (NYSE: WAG) (Nasdaq: WAG) had December sales of $6.71 billion, a
decrease of 4.0 percent from $6.99 billion for the same month in fiscal 2012.

Total front-end sales decreased 1.3 percent compared with the same month in
fiscal 2012, while comparable store front-end sales decreased 2.3 percent.
Customer traffic in comparable stores decreased 4.0 percent while basket size
increased 1.7 percent.

Prescriptions filled at comparable stores decreased by 2.3 percent in December
and were flat on a day-fall adjusted (DFA) basis. This year’s December had one
additional Sunday and Monday and one fewer Thursday and Friday compared with
December 2011, negatively impacting prescriptions filled in comparable stores
by 2.3 percentage points. DFA prescriptions filled at comparable stores were
positively impacted by 1.4 percentage points due to the higher incidence of
flu in this year’s December and 0.7 percentage point due to more flu shots
administered in the month.

Click here for a graph showing the trend of comparable prescriptions filled
adjusted for day fall and flu impacts.

December pharmacy sales decreased 4.9 percent, while comparable store pharmacy
sales decreased 8.9 percent and by a day-fall adjusted (DFA) 6.6 percent.
Calendar day shifts negatively impacted pharmacy sales in comparable stores by
2.3 percentage points. DFA comparable store pharmacy sales were negatively
impacted by 5.7 percentage points due to generic drug introductions in the
last 12 months. Pharmacy sales accounted for 56.7 percent of total sales for
the month.

Flu shots administered at pharmacies and clinics season-to-date were nearly
5.5 million versus approximately 5.3 million last year.

Sales in comparable stores decreased by 6.1 percent in December. Calendar day
shifts negatively impacted total comparable sales by 1.3 percentage points,
while generic drug introductions in the last 12 months negatively impacted
total comparable sales by 3.2 percentage points.

Registrations for Walgreens Balance™ Rewards loyalty program, which launched
in September, totaled nearly 49 million through December.

Calendar 2012 sales were $70.51 billion, a decrease of 3.7 percent from $73.19
billion in 2011.

Fiscal 2013 year-to-date sales for the first four months were $24.03 billion,
down 4.4 percent from $25.15 billion in the comparable period in fiscal 2012.

Walgreens opened seven stores during December, acquired one and closed four.

At Dec. 31, Walgreens operated 8,524 locations in all 50 states, the District
of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam. That includes 8,061 drugstores, 243 more
than a year ago, including 107 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 700 in-store convenient care clinics and worksite
health and wellness centers.


December Comparable Sales and Prescriptions Filled

                                                        Cough,     Flu
                                 Calendar        Generics   Cold, Flu   Shot
                     Actual      Shift Impact    Impact     Impact      Impact
                                                                        
Total Comp Sales     -6.1  %     -1.3    %       -3.2  %    0.2    %    0.2  %
                                                                        
Comp Front End       -2.3  %     -               -          -           -
                                                                        
Comp Rx Sales        -8.9  %     -2.3    %       -5.7  %    0.4    %    0.4  %
                                                                        
Comp Rx Scripts      -2.3  %*    -2.3    %       -          1.4    %    0.7  %

* Includes +1.9 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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are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements,
which speak only as of the date they are made. Except to the extent required
by law, Walgreens does not undertake, and expressly disclaims, any duty or
obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statement after the date of
this report, whether as a result of new information, future events, changes in
assumptions or otherwise.

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