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Dollar General Posts Smaller-Than-Expected Drop In Quarterly Sales

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Dollar General Posts Smaller-Than-Expected Drop In Quarterly Sales

Dollar General posted a smaller-than-expected drop in quarterly sales, as more shoppers turned to its stores for cheaper groceries and household essentials.

Discount store operators are seeing more cost-conscious customers browsing through the aisles of their outlets for affordable alternatives and value deals as higher food prices, borrowing costs as well as rising credit card debt squeeze household budgets.

Dollar General has also been taking measures to keep prices low on its everyday staples, while offering discounts and promotions as it tries to clear excess stock.

Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s chief executive officer, commented, “Over the last several weeks, we have spent significant time reviewing all areas of the business, and we have identified key opportunities for improvement both in the near term and over the longer term. [...]”

“While we are not satisfied with our financial results for the third quarter, including a significant headwind from inventory shrink, we are pleased with the momentum in some of the underlying sales trends, including positive customer traffic, as well as market share gains in both dollars and units.”

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Quarterly Performance

The company's total merchandise inventories in the third quarter declined 1.8% year-on-year.

The discount retailer's same-store sales fell 1.3% for the third quarter, compared with analysts' average estimate of a 2.08% drop, according to LSEG data.

Shares of the Goodlettsville, Tennessee-based company, down 45% so far this year, were up marginally in premarket trading.

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The company reaffirmed its full-year sales and profit forecasts.

News by Reuters, additional reporting by ESM.

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