COMMERCE, Calif. — The investment group that agreed to buy 99 Cents Only Stores for $1.6 billion must be pleased with the discounter's second-quarter results.
99 Cents Only Stores reported total sales of $363 million for the second quarter, an increase of 8.8% over total sales of $333.6 million for the same quarter last year. Same-store sales for the quarter were up 6.7%. The number of same-store-sales transactions increased 4.7% and the average transaction size increased to $9.62 from $9.44, the company reported.
Eric Schiffer, CEO, commented, "We are pleased to report that we achieved 6.7% same-store sales growth in the second quarter, which was above our expected range of low single digit comparable sales. We believe these results underscore the strength of our business model. We have now raised our comparable sales expectations for the full year to mid-single digits."
During the second quarter of fiscal 2012, the company opened two