Walgreens April Sales Increase 3.8 Percent

  Walgreens April Sales Increase 3.8 Percent

Business Wire

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- May 03, 2013

Walgreens (NYSE: WAG) (Nasdaq: WAG) had April sales of $5.98 billion, an
increase of 3.8 percent from $5.76 billion for the same month in fiscal 2012.

Total front-end sales decreased 2.9 percent compared with the same month in
fiscal 2012, while comparable store front-end sales decreased 4.3 percent.
Customer traffic in comparable stores decreased 5.9 percent while basket size
increased 1.6 percent.

For the combined March/April period that includes the Easter holiday season,
comparable store front-end sales decreased by 0.2 percent, while customer
traffic in comparable stores decreased 4.0 percent and basket size increased
3.8 percent.

Prescriptions filled at comparable stores increased by 9.7 percent in April
and increased 6.3 percent on a calendar day-shift adjusted basis. This year’s
April had one additional Tuesday and one fewer Sunday compared with April
2012. These calendar shifts positively impacted prescriptions filled at
comparable stores by 3.4 percentage points.

The company said the percentage of former Express Scripts customers returning
to its pharmacies continued to increase in April.

April pharmacy sales increased by 7.3 percent, while comparable store pharmacy
sales increased 4.7 percent and increased by a calendar day-shift adjusted 1.3
percent. Calendar day shifts positively impacted pharmacy sales in comparable
stores by 3.4 percentage points. Calendar day-shift adjusted comparable store
pharmacy sales were negatively impacted by 4.1 percentage points due to
generic drug introductions in the last 12 months. Pharmacy sales accounted for
64.5 percent of total sales for the month.

Sales in comparable stores increased by 1.2 percent in April. Calendar day
shifts positively impacted total comparable sales by 2.2 percentage points,
while generic drug introductions in the last 12 months negatively impacted
total comparable sales by 2.6 percentage points.

Sales for the combined months of March and April 2013 increased 3.0 percent
from the same two months in 2012. Comparable store sales for the March/April
period increased 0.8 percent.

Registrations for Walgreens Balance^® Rewards loyalty program, which launched
in September, totaled more than 68 million through April.

Calendar 2013 sales to date were $24.07 billion, an increase of 2.7 percent
from $23.44 billion in 2012.

Fiscal 2013 year-to-date sales for the first eight months were $48.10 billion,
down 1.0 percent from $48.59 billion in the comparable period in fiscal 2012.

Walgreens opened 14 stores during April, including four relocations, and
closed one.

On April 30, Walgreens operated 8,550 locations in all 50 states, the District
of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam. That includes 8,086 drugstores, 231 more
than a year ago, including 99 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.



April Comparable Sales and Prescriptions Filled
                                                   
                                                        Cough,
                              Calendar       Generics   Cold, Flu
                   Actual     Shift Impact   Impact     Impact
                                                        
Total Comp Sales   1.2  %     2.2     %      -2.6  %    0.1    %
                                                        
Comp Front End     -4.3 %     -              -          -
                                                        
Comp Rx Sales      4.7  %     3.4     %      -4.1  %    0.1    %
                                                        
Comp Rx Scripts    9.7  % *   3.4     %      -          0.3    %
                                                        

* Includes +1.8 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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release that are not historical are forward-looking statements made pursuant
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words and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking
statements. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future
performance and involve risks, assumptions and uncertainties, including, but
not limited to, those described in Item 1A (Risk Factors) of our most recent
Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, each of which is
incorporated herein by reference, and in other documents that we file or
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these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions
prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those indicated or
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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
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