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Weis Markets Reports 4th Quarter Results

SUNBURY, Pa., Feb. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Weis Markets, Inc (NYSE: WMK) today announced its sales increased 8.4% to $671.4 million compared to $619.4 million for the same period in 2008.  The Company's fourth quarter comparable store sales increased 1.9%.

For the thirteen-week period ending December 26, 2009, the Company's fourth quarter basic and diluted earnings per share totaled $0.58 compared to $0.63 for the same period a year ago.  

"We continue to make progress in a difficult market environment, marked by cautious customer spending and price deflation in key categories," said David Hepfinger, Weis Markets' President and CEO.  "Despite these challenges, we have produced five consecutive quarters of strong operating results through improved operating performance, more focused promotional programs and increased efficiencies at store and distribution levels."

Year to Date Results

For the 52-week period ending December 26, 2009, the Company's net income increased 33.6% to $62.8 million up from $47.0 million compared to the same period a year ago, while its basic and diluted earnings per share increased 33.9% or $0.59 to $2.33 per share.

For the year, the Company's sales increased 3.9% to $2.5 billion compared to 2008.  In 2009, the Company's comparable store sales increased 1.8%.

About Weis Markets

Founded in 1912, Weis Markets operates 164 stores in its home state of Pennsylvania and in Maryland, New York, New Jersey and West Virginia.

In addition to historical information, this news release may contain forward-looking statements. Any forward-looking statements contained herein are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. For example, risks and uncertainties can arise with changes in: general economic conditions, including their impact on capital expenditures; business conditions in the retail industry; the regulatory environment; rapidly changing technology and competitive factors, including increased competition with regional and national retailers; and price pressures.

The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly revise or update these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that arise after the date hereof other than through its periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission that are available to the public.
                             WEIS MARKETS, INC.
                           Fourth Quarter – 2009
                            13 Week             13 Week
                          Period Ended        Period Ended       Increase
                        December 26, 2009   December 27, 2008   (Decrease)
                        -----------------   -----------------   ----------
    Net Sales             $671,400,000         $619,408,000         8.4%
    Income Before Taxes     24,565,000           26,365,000        (6.8%)
    Provision for Income 
     Taxes                   9,042,000            9,353,000        (3.3%)
                             ---------            ---------        ------
    Net Income             $15,523,000          $17,012,000        (8.8%)
                           ===========          ===========        ======
     Shares Outstanding     26,898,000           26,966,000      (68,000)
    Basic and Diluted
     Earnings Per Share          $0.58                $0.63       $(0.05)
                            52 Week             52 Week
                          Period Ended        Period Ended       Increase
                        December 26, 2009   December 27, 2008   (Decrease)
                        -----------------   -----------------   ----------
    Net Sales           $2,516,175,000       $2,422,361,000         3.9%
    Income Before
     Taxes                  97,907,000           70,113,000        39.6%
    Provision for Income 
     Taxes                  35,107,000           23,118,000        51.9%
                            ----------           ----------        ----
    Net Income             $62,800,000          $46,995,000        33.6%
                           ===========          ===========        ====
     Shares Outstanding     26,921,000           26,967,000     (46,000)
    Basic and Diluted
     Earnings Per Share          $2.33                $1.74       $0.59

SOURCE Weis Markets

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