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Rite Aid Reports Same Store Sales For February

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

Monthly SalesFor the five weeks ended March 2, 2013, same store sales decreased 3.6 percent over the prior-year period. February front-end same store sales decreased 1.3 percent while February front-end same store sales attributable to flu-related over-the-counter products were flat. Pharmacy same store sales, which included an approximate 695 basis points negative impact from new generic introductions, decreased 4.7 percent. Prescription count at comparable stores increased 0.3 percent over the prior-year period. This number includes a decrease of 0.1 percent attributable to flu-related prescriptions and flu shots.

Total drugstore sales for the five-week period decreased 3.7 percent to $2.457 billion compared to $2.551 billion for the same period last year. Prescription sales accounted for 67.7 percent of drugstore sales, and third party prescription sales represented 96.9 percent of pharmacy sales.

Quarterly SalesSame store sales for the 13-week period ended March 2, 2013 decreased 2.0 percent over the prior-year period. Front-end same store sales increased 0.3 percent while pharmacy same store sales decreased 3.1 percent. Prescription count at comparable stores increased 3.0 percent over the prior-year period.

Total drugstore sales for the 13-week period decreased 2.4 percent with sales of $6.425 billion compared to $6.585 billion for the same period last year. Prescription sales represented 66.5 percent of total drugstore sales, and third party prescription sales represented 96.6 percent of pharmacy sales.

Year End SalesSame store sales for the 52-week period ended March 2, 2013 decreased 0.3 percent over the prior-year period. Front-end same store sales increased 1.4 percent while pharmacy same store sales decreased 1.0 percent. Prescription count at comparable stores increased 3.4 percent over the prior-year period.

Total drugstore sales for the 52 weeks ended March 2, 2013 decreased 0.9 percent with sales of $25.284 billion compared to $25.504 billion for the same period last year. Prescription sales represented 67.6 percent of total drugstore sales, and third party prescription sales represented 96.6 percent of pharmacy sales.

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