Dollar General ( DG) fell in early trading Monday as the company disclosed a $10 million fine to settle SEC accounting allegations and worse-than-expected fourth-quarter earnings. The company also said its CFO quit.

Dollar General said it will pay $10 million to settle allegations stemming from accounting problems that led it to a massive earnings restatement in early 2002. The company also agreed to a permanent injunction against future securities violations, a standard provision that stiffens the penalty for future transgressions.

The fine drove down fourth-quarter net income to $102.8 million, or 30 cents a share, from $108.1 million, or 32 cents a share, a year ago. Excluding the fine, net income increased 3.4% to $113 million, or 33 cents a share, compared with $109.3 million, or 33 cents a share, in the prior-year period. On this basis, however, analysts had been calling for 34 cents a share.

The shares were recently down $1.26, or 6.2%, to $18.86.

Total quarterly sales increased 12% to $1.97 billion, the company said, citing a 3.3% increase in quarterly same-store sales and the addition of 587 new stores.

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