Dollar Tree Reports Second Quarter Earnings of 61 Cents Per Share

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Retailer Dollar Tree Inc. (DLTR) reported second quarter earnings of 61 cents per diluted share, up from 42 cents per share in the second quarter of 2009.

Consolidated net sales were $1.38 billion, a 12.7% increase from the year-ago quarter, the company said in a statement. Comparable store sales rose 6.7%.

"Dollar Tree's sales and earnings continued to expand in the second quarter," CEO Bob Sasser said. "Sales were strong throughout the quarter, driven by increases in both traffic and average ticket."

The company opened 56 stores in the second quarter, expanded or relocated 34 stores, and closed five.

The company forecast earnings per share in the range of $2.84 to $2.96 for the full year. This includes the impact of the non-cash, non-recurring charge that was incurred in the first quarter, related to the company's retail inventory accounting change

Full-year sales were forecast in the range of $5.77 billion to $5.86 billion.
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