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Outstanding results for second quarter, Dollar General
Sep '10
Dollar General Corporation reported financial results for its fiscal 2010 second quarter (13 weeks) ended July 30, 2010.

Net income was $141.2 million, or diluted earnings per share of $0.41. Excluding a net loss of $6.4 million ($3.9 million after income taxes) relating to the early repayment of certain long-term obligations, net income for the 2010 second quarter was $145.1 million, or diluted EPS of $0.42, compared to net income of $93.6 million, or diluted EPS of $0.29, in the second quarter (13 weeks) of fiscal 2009.

"Our outstanding results for the second quarter build on our track record of success over the last ten quarters," said Rick Dreiling, chairman and chief executive officer. "The combination of the right strategies, good execution and superior margin performance enabled us to effectively manage through a volatile quarter. During the second quarter, we saw same-store sales accelerate in the last month, and I am encouraged with sales so far in the third quarter."

"Fiscal 2010 is on track to be another great year for Dollar General, reflecting our disciplined execution and ability to deliver excellent performance and positioning us for continued growth in the future," said Dreiling.

Second Quarter 2010 Financial Results
Sales increased 10.8 percent to $3.21 billion in the 2010 second quarter compared to $2.90 billion in the 2009 second quarter. Same-store sales increased 5.1 percent in the 2010 quarter and 8.6 percent in the 2009 quarter, with customer traffic and average transaction amounts contributing to the same-store sales increases in both periods.

The 2010 gross profit rate increased by 101 basis points to 32.2 percent of sales from 31.2 percent of sales in the 2009 period. The gross profit rate increase was primarily due to higher net markups, partially offset by increased markdowns and higher transportation costs. Higher markups were impacted by increased sales volumes and improved sourcing capabilities which have contributed to the Company's ability to reduce product costs. Transportation expenses increased primarily due to the impact of higher average fuel costs in the quarter.

Selling, general and administrative expenses ("SG&A") were $735.2 million, or 22.9 percent of sales, in the 2010 second quarter compared to $672.8 million, or 23.2 percent of sales, in the 2009 second quarter, a decrease of 32 basis points, primarily attributable to leverage attained from higher net sales.

Decreases in estimated employee incentive compensation and charges for asset impairment, in addition to continued savings from the Company's recycling efforts, contributed to the improvement in SG&A as a percentage of sales. Fees related to increased usage of debit cards partially offset these expense reductions.

Second quarter 2010 operating profit increased by 29 percent to $300.8 million, or 9.4 percent of sales, compared to $233.2 million, or 8.0 percent of sales, in the 2009 second quarter.

Interest expense decreased significantly to $69.3 million in the 2010 second quarter from $89.9 million in the 2009 second quarter due to lower average outstanding borrowings resulting from the Company's repurchases of long-term obligations.

The effective income tax rate for the 2010 quarter was 37.2 percent compared to a rate of 35.8 percent for the 2009 quarter.

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