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Dollar General Corporation Reports Record Third Quarter 2012 Sales And Earnings

Dollar General Corporation (NYSE: DG) today reported strong sales, operating profit and net income for its fiscal 2012 third quarter (13 weeks) ended November 2, 2012.

“Dollar General delivered another solid quarter, and we expect to continue building on our strong track record of success,” said Rick Dreiling, chairman and chief executive officer. “Our same-store sales increased 4.0 percent, on top of a 6.3 percent improvement in the third quarter of 2011 for a two-year stack of 10.3 percent. We had great financial performance across key metrics. Based on these results, we are now forecasting our full year adjusted earnings per share to be in the range of $2.82 to $2.85.”

“Although our performance over the Thanksgiving weekend and start of the holiday season has been encouraging, we continue to be cautious for the remainder of the year. We are facing a significant same-store sales comparison from our 2011 fourth quarter, which included very strong January sales, growing near-term pressures that are impacting our customers’ confidence and spending, and a challenging competitive environment. Dollar General is keenly focused on our ability to capture market share, build and maintain customer loyalty and deliver strong financial returns that support our sustainable growth for the long term.”

Third Quarter 2012 Financial Results

Net income was $208 million, or diluted earnings per share (“EPS”) of $0.62, compared to net income of $171 million, or diluted EPS of $0.50, in the third quarter (13 weeks) of fiscal 2011. For the 2012 third quarter, adjusted net income, as defined in the accompanying table, increased 22 percent to $209.5 million and adjusted EPS increased 26 percent to $0.63 per diluted share.

Sales increased 10.3 percent to $3.96 billion in the 2012 third quarter compared to $3.60 billion in the 2011 third quarter. Same-store sales increased 4.0 percent in the 2012 quarter and 6.3 percent in the 2011 quarter, with increases in customer traffic and average transaction amount contributing to the growth in both periods. Consumables sales continued to increase at a higher rate than non-consumables in the 2012 quarter with the most significant growth in candy and snacks and perishables offerings. Sales growth in home and seasonal categories, as well as certain basic apparel departments, was strong. Overall, hanging apparel sales were weak.

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