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Dollar General fiscal Q4 profit climbs 7.6% YOY

Dollar General Corp. said its normalized net income for the fiscal fourth quarter ended Jan. 29 amounted to $1.29 per share, compared with the S&P Capital IQ consensus estimate of $1.26 per share.

EPS increased 13.2% year over year from $1.14.

Normalized net income, which excludes unusual gains or losses on a pre- and after-tax basis, was $371.9 million, a gain of 7.6% from $345.7 million in the prior-year period.

The normalized profit margin climbed to 7.0% from 7.0% in the year-earlier period.

Total revenue grew 7.0% year over year to $5.29 billion from $4.94 billion, and total operating expenses increased 7.0% year over year to $4.67 billion from $4.36 billion.

Reported net income rose 6.1% from the prior-year period to $378.6 million, or $1.30 per share, from $356.7 million, or $1.17 per share.

For the year, the company's normalized net income totaled $3.95 per share, compared with the S&P Capital IQ consensus normalized EPS estimate of $3.92.

EPS rose 13.8% from $3.47 in the prior year.

Normalized net income was $1.17 billion, a gain of 9.9% from $1.06 billion in the prior year.

Full-year total revenue grew 7.7% from the prior-year period to $20.37 billion from $18.91 billion, and total operating expenses increased 7.5% on an annual basis to $18.42 billion from $17.12 billion.

The company said reported net income rose 9.3% on an annual basis to $1.17 billion, or $3.95 per share, in the full year, from $1.07 billion, or $3.49 per share.