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Dollar General Reports Record Fourth Quarter And Full Year 2012 Financial Results

Dollar General Corporation (NYSE: DG) today reported record sales, operating profit and net income for its fiscal 2012 fourth quarter (13 weeks) and full year (52 weeks) ended February 1, 2013.

“Dollar General had yet another outstanding year in 2012 including exceptionally strong fourth quarter results. We grew our market share and invested strategically to continue to win with our customers. These results demonstrate the strength of our business strategy, and we believe we are very well-positioned for future growth,” said Rick Dreiling, chairman and chief executive officer.

“For 2013, we are forecasting another year of strong growth including a total sales increase of 10 to 12 percent, same-store sales growth of 4 to 6 percent and adjusted EPS of $3.15 to $3.30,” Mr. Dreiling continued. “We remain committed to delivering long-term value for our shareholders through increased earnings and return of cash through ongoing share repurchases.”

Fiscal Fourth Quarter 2012 Highlights

Net sales increased 0.5 percent to $4.21 billion in the 2012 fourth quarter compared to $4.19 billion in the 2011 fourth quarter. Excluding sales for the week ending February 3, 2012 (“the 2011 53 rd week”) of $289 million, net sales increased 8.0 percent. Same-store sales, based on the comparable 13-week periods ended February 1, 2013 and February 3, 2012, increased 3.0 percent, resulting from increases in both customer traffic and average transaction amount. Same-store sales increases were primarily driven by consumables.

The Company’s gross profit, as a percentage of sales, was 32.5 percent in the 2012 fourth quarter compared to 32.2 percent in the 2011 quarter, an increase of 34 basis points. Factors contributing to the improvement included a significant reduction in the adjustment to the Company’s LIFO reserve in addition to improved transportation efficiencies and higher markups, partially offset by an increase in the mix of consumables, which generally have lower markups than non-consumables, and higher markdowns. Cost of goods sold included charges to increase the Company’s LIFO reserve of $0.2 million in the 2012 fourth quarter compared to $22.3 million in the 2011 fourth quarter.

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