In comparison, as the table below shows, Walgreen increased its sales by nearly 6% but even after controlling for the gain in number of stores, revenue per store inched up by 0.3% and the operating profit per store slid by 2%, year over year.

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So even though Rite Aid has done a better job in increasing its sales per store, its bottom line continues to dwindle.

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Since Walgreen keeps extending its reach by opening new stores throughout the U.S while only slightly reducing its profit margin, the company is doing a better job in appreciating its value compared to Rite Aid.

At the time of publication the author held no positions in any of the stocks mentioned.

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