Penny miss aside, plenty to like from Walgreen

|By:, SA News Editor

Walgreen (WAG) reports comparable-store sales rose 4.3% during FQ2.

Customer traffic slipped 1.4% due in part to tough weather trends, while the average basket size rose 3.4% as customers made the most out of their reduced trips to Walgreens outlets.

Total prescription sales were up 7% for the period as the Walgreens chain increased its retail prescription market share by 20 bps to 19.0%.

The company says combined synergies for Walgreen and Alliance Boots was $236M for the first half of its fiscal year.

An enrollment of 80M active members in Walgreen's Balance Rewards loyalty program at the end of the quarter looks downright formidable.

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