Family Dollar posts sales and profit improvement

Profit grew by nearly 10% to $123.2 million and sales advanced 8.3% to nearly $2.3 billion, as Family Dollar remained on a consistent growth trajectory during its second quarter ended Feb. 27. Earnings per share for the period increased 21% to 98 cents compared with 81 cents in the second quarter the prior year.

“Over the last several years, we have accelerated capability-building investments and increased our efforts to improve the in-store shopping experience. These investments have provided a solid foundation for the successful launch of our strategic plan to re-accelerate revenue growth, expand operating margins and optimize our capital structure,” said Howard Levine, chairman and CEO of Family Dollar. “Our performance year-to-date illustrates that we are effectively leveraging these enhanced capabilities and executing well against our business plan and delivering superior value for shareholders.” 

The second quarter saw the company again produce solid same-store sales growth of 5.1%, which it said was almost entirely the result of more customers shopping its stores as determined by the number of transactions. A modest increase in the value of the average customer transaction also contributed to the comp gain. Sales during the quarter were strongest in the consumable and seasonal categories, according to the company.

The rate of profitability improved slightly, as Family Dollar’s gross margins for the second quarter were