Rite Aid Reports Same Store Sales for November

  Rite Aid Reports Same Store Sales for November

Business Wire

CAMP HILL, Pa. -- December 5, 2013

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) today announced sales results for November.

Monthly Sales

For the five weeks ended Nov. 30, 2013, same store sales increased 2.8 percent
over the prior-year period. November front-end same store sales increased 0.4
percent. Pharmacy same store sales, which included an approximate 81 basis
points negative impact from new generic introductions, increased 3.9 percent.
Prescription count at comparable stores increased 0.1 percent over the
prior-year period.

Total drugstore sales for the five-week period increased 1.6 percent to $2.434
billion compared to $2.396 billion for the same period last year. Prescription
sales accounted for 68.1 percent of drugstore sales, and third party
prescription sales represented 97.1 percent of pharmacy sales.

Superstorm Sandy Impact

The Company estimates that the cycling of the impact of Superstorm Sandy on
prior year results had a positive impact of 0.4 percent on front end same
store sales and 1.6 percent on comparable store prescription count growth.

Quarterly Sales

Same store sales for the 13-week period ended Nov. 30, 2013 increased 2.3
percent over the prior-year period. Front-end same store sales decreased 0.2
percent while pharmacy same store sales increased 3.5 percent. Prescription
count at comparable stores increased 0.7 percent over the prior-year period.

Total drugstore sales for the 13 weeks ended Nov. 30, 2013 increased 1.9
percent with sales of $6.330 billion compared to $6.213 billion for the same
period last year. Prescription sales represented 68.6 percent of total
drugstore sales, and third party prescription sales represented 97.1 percent
of pharmacy sales.

Year-to-Date

Same store sales for the 39-week period ended Nov. 30, 2013 increased 0.3
percent over the prior-year period. Front-end same store sales were flat
compared to the prior-year period while pharmacy same store sales increased
0.4 percent. Prescription count at comparable stores increased 0.2 percent
over the prior-year period.

Total drugstore sales for the 39 weeks ended Nov. 30, 2013 decreased 0.1
percent with sales of $18.844 billion compared to $18.859 billion for the same
period last year. Prescription sales represented 68.0 percent of total
drugstore sales, and third party prescription sales represented 97.0 percent
of pharmacy sales.

Rite Aid is one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains. On Nov. 30, 2013,
the company operated 4,595 stores compared to 4,633 stores in the like period
a year ago. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and
press releases, is available through the company’s website at
http://www.riteaid.com. Note that all sales data in this release is
preliminary, unaudited and subject to revision.

Statements in this release that are not historical are forward-looking
statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private
Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are
not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, assumptions and
uncertainties that are described in Item 1A (Risk Factors) of our most recent
Annual Report on Form 10-K and in other documents that we file or furnish with
the Securities and Exchange Commission, which you are encouraged to read.
Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should
underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially
from those indicated or anticipated by such forward-looking statements.
Accordingly, you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these
forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made.
Rite Aid expressly disclaims any current intention to update publicly any
forward-looking statement after the distribution of this release, whether as a
result of new information, future events, changes in assumptions or otherwise.

Contact:

Rite Aid Corporation
INVESTORS:
Matt Schroeder, 717-214-8867
investor@riteaid.com
or
MEDIA:
Susan Henderson, 717-730-7766
 
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