FINANCE

99 Cents Only sales and profits increase in Q3; six stores on tap

BY Katherine Boccaccio

City of Commerce, Calif. — 99 Cents Only Stores reported Thursday that profit for the quarter ended Dec. 29 rose 6.5% to $51 million, compared with $47.9 million in the year-ago period.

Total sales increased 8.8% to $35.6 million, from $403.9 million last year. Same-store sales rose 4.3%.

The company said it plans to open six stores during the fourth quarter, with most slated to open in California.

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Verizon Communications elects Walgreens chief Greg Wasson to board

BY Michael Johnsen

New York — Verizon Communications on Thursday elected Greg Wasson, Walgreens president and CEO, to the Verizon board of directors, effective March 1.

"Greg Wasson brings to Verizon an in-depth knowledge of the retail and healthcare industries," said Lowell McAdam, Verizon

chairman and CEO. "He offers a unique perspective as the leader of a successful Fortune 50 company focused on innovation,

traditional and nontraditional growth, operational and technical excellence, and multichannel integration.”

Wasson will bring Verizon’s total board membership to 13.

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Sally Beauty Q1 earnings double, but misses Street

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Denton, Texas — Sally Beauty Holdings Inc. reported Thursday that profit in the first quarter nearly doubled year-over-year – from $30.1 million to $59 million – but results still missed Wall Street expectations.

Revenue rose 4.7% to $905.4 million, shy of analysts’ expected $915.1 million in revenue.

Same-store sales rose 2.8%.

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