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Walgreen September Sales up 4.7 Percent

Walgreen Tuesday said that sales rose 4.7 percent at stores open at least a year -- or same-store sales -- as it filled only 1.6 percent more prescriptions at those stores.

The drugstore chain said there was one less Friday and one more Sunday in the September reporting period this year than last, and people fill more prescriptions on weekdays.

The calendar shift cut comparable pharmacy sales by 1.6 percentage points, the company said.

Sales at pharmacies open at least a year rose 3.9 percent, while general merchandise sales, also known as front-end sales, rose 6.3 percent at stores open at least a year, the company said.

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