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  • Dollar General Corp. reported first quarter earnings of $67.8 million, up from $60.3 million during the same period a year ago. (NYSE:DG - News) said on Thursday quarterly profit rose, as higher sales and better inventory management helped offset increased markdowns.

    Net sales for the quarter rose 11.4 percent to $1.75 billion, and same-store e=sales were up three percent.

  • UK retailer Boots reported annual sales for last year that were the equivalent of $8.7 billion (US), up from last year by just 0.1 percent. Profit was down 0.6 percent for the year, to the equivalent of $900 million (US).

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