Rite Aid Comps Up 4%

Pharmacy sales pace the gain.
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Rite Aid

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reported better-than-expected sales in May, a month that brought strong results from a number of pharmacy chains.

Rite Aid said its same-store sales, or sales at stores that were open for at least a year, rose 4% for the month, beating Wall Street's consensus estimate for a 2.9% increase, as reported by Thomson First Call.

By segment, the company said its pharmacy same-store sales rose 4.9%, while its front-end comps were up 2.3%. Its total drugstore sales rose 3.4% to $1.68 billion.

Rite Aid's results followed strong results from

Walgreen

(WAG)

, which reported a 9.8% increase in May comps earlier this month.

CVS

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logged a gain of 8.4%. Both reports beat expectations on Wall Street.