Deerfield, Ill. Walgreen Co. said Tuesday its same-store sales rose 1% in May, helped by a rise in pharmacy sales.
Total pharmacy sales in May rose 6.3%, while same-store pharmacy sales rose 1.5%. Same-store pharmacy sales were hurt by generic drug introductions in the past year, the company said.
Pharmacy sales accounted for 65% of the company's total sales.
Prescriptions filled on a same-store basis rose 2.8%.
Total monthly sales rose 6.1% to $5.37 billion.
Sales so far in 2009 are up 7.2% to $47.64 billion, and same-store sales for the fiscal year to date rose 1.9%.
Walgreen opened 43 stores in May, including four relocations and the acquisition of 38 stores. The company closed three stores.