Walgreens sales up 2.5% in June

Deerfield, Ill. -- Walgreens on Wednesday reported June sales of $5.79 billion, an increase of 2.5% from the year-ago period.

Total front-end sales increased 2.2% compared with the same month last year, while comparable store front-end sales increased 0.8%. Customer traffic in comparable stores decreased 2.9%, while basket size increased 3.7%.

Prescriptions filled at comparable stores increased by 5.0% in June and increased 7.3% on a calendar day-shift adjusted basis. (This year’s June had one additional Sunday and one fewer Friday compared with June 2012. These calendar shifts negatively impacted prescriptions filled at comparable stores by 2.3 percentage points, according to Walgreens.)

Fiscal 2013 year-to-date sales for the first 10 months were $59.91 billion, down 0.5% from $60.20 billion in the comparable period in fiscal 2012.

Walgreens opened 10 stores in June, including four relocations, and closed four.