MEMPHIS, Tenn. (September 4, 2014) — Fred's Inc. (NASDAQ: FRED) today reported sales for the four-week fiscal month and seven-month year-to-date period ended August 30, 2014.
Fred's total sales for the month increased 6% to $147.6 million from $139.4 million in August 2013. Comparable store sales for the month increased 2.3% compared with flat store sales in the same period last year.
Fred's total sales for the year-to-date period increased 1% to $1.137 billion from $1.123 billion for the same period last year. On a comparable store basis, year-to-date sales decreased 0.6% versus an increase of 0.5% for the year-earlier period.
Commenting on the announcement, Bruce A. Efird, Chief Executive Officer, said, "We are pleased to report improved sales and traffic for August. Our results reflected the positive impact of recently implemented initiatives, which were fully in place for the first time in August. As a result, we saw ongoing improvements in virtually all general merchandise departments during August, and our pharmacy department continued to post strong growth in comparable scripts and sales. Going forward in the third quarter, we will continue to transform Fred's based on the convenience/pharmacy-centric model we recently outlined, a strategy that brings clear advantages to our store operations and customers."
During the month, Fred's opened three Xpress pharmacy locations.
Fred's operates 707 discount general merchandise stores, including 21 franchised Fred's stores, in the southeastern United States. For more information about the Company, visit Fred's website at www.fredsinc.com.
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