Rite Aid narrows its loss in the Q1

Camp Hill, Pa. -- Rite Aid Corp. surprised Wall Street on Thursday by paring its losses more than expected in the drug store retailer’s fiscal first quarter.

Rite Aid reported that it lost $65.5 million in the quarter ended May 28, compared with a loss of $76 million in the year-ago period. The retailer cited cost tightening and same-store sales gains for the improved performance.

Revenue was flat at $6.39 billion, the second straight quarter the company's revenue held steady. Before that, revenue fell for 10 consecutive quarters.

Same-store sales for the quarter edged up 0.8%.