Rite Aid Corp., the Cumberland County-based pharmacy chain, today said its December sales increased were worth $2.1 billion, a 2.7 percent increase, yet sales figures for the entire year increased less than a percent.
Rite Aid had year-end drugstore sales of slightly less than $21 billion, just 0.2 percent more than a year ago, according to the company.
Same-store sales -- those excluding new or closed stores -- saw similar but slightly better results, according to Rite Aid. December same-store sales increased 2.9 percent and year-end sales increased by half a percent.
Pharmacy same-store sales increased 4.1 percent in December, despite the introduction of new lower-cost generic drugs onto the market, according to the company.