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Check Out Line: Surprise, surprise, a discount retailer is doing well

August 31, 2010

dg1Check out the strong quarterly profit at discount retailer Dollar General.

The company, which prices most of its merchandise below $10, posted a stronger-than-expected profit thanks to bargain-seeking consumers who spent more per visit. Company executives talked of building sales momentum during the quarter and sales results in the current three-month period were encouraging.

As a result, Dollar General, which has received a boost from high U.S. unemployment rates, raised its full-year earnings forecast.

U.S. consumer spending rose in July at the strongest pace in four months, offering hope that consumers will be able to keep contributing to a modest economic recovery.

Meanwhile, overseas the message was mixed as Carrefour, Europe’s top retailer, said the summer sales trend was mixed in Europe but demand was holding up in emerging markets. Company executives acknowledged sales trends in Europe in August were slightly disappointing after a satisfactory July. 

French luxury goods group Hermes posted a 52-percent rise in first-half operating profit, boosted by leather goods and slightly raised its full-year financial targets, while in Australia retail sales were surprisingly strong in July, suggesting the economy there looks solid.

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(Reuters photo)

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