About Dollar General Corporation
Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for over 75 years through its mission of Serving Others. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, housewares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. With 13,429 stores in 44 states as of March 3, 2017, Dollar General is among the largest discount retailers in the United States. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America's most-trusted brands such as Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, Unilever, Kellogg's, General Mills, Nabisco, Hanes, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola.

Dollar General Reports Increased September Sales; Opens 83 New Stores

October 07, 2004

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 7, 2004--Dollar General Corporation (NYSE:DG) today reported total retail sales for the September five-week period ended October 1, 2004, equaled $717.5 million compared with $638.8 million last year, an increase of 12.3 percent. Same-store sales for the September period increased 4.2 percent. The average customer purchase in September was approximately $8.49 compared to $8.33 in the same period last year. Customer transactions in same-stores increased approximately 2.6 percent.

September sales by major merchandise category were as follows:

                       FY 2004           FY 2003       Est. Same-Store
                   Percent of Sales  Percent of Sales   Sales Change
Highly Consumable        68%               65%               +9%
Seasonal                 13%               13%               +3%
Home Products            11%               13%              -10%
Basic Clothing            8%                9%               -7%

For the nine weeks ended October 1, 2004, Dollar General total retail sales increased 11.7 percent to $1.3 billion from $1.2 billion in the same period a year ago. Same-store sales for the nine-week period increased 3.6 percent.

For the 35 weeks ended October 1, 2004, Dollar General total retail sales increased 11.4 percent to $4.9 billion from $4.4 billion in the same period a year ago. Same-store sales for the 35 weeks increased 3.3 percent.

New Store Openings

The Company opened 81 Dollar General stores and two Dollar General Markets during the five-week period ended October 1, 2004. The Company closed 20 Dollar General stores during the period. Year-to-date, the Company has opened 553 Dollar General stores and five Dollar General Markets and has closed 78 Dollar General stores, 14 of which were closed due to damage caused by hurricanes.

About Dollar General

Dollar General is a Fortune 500® discount retailer with 7,180 neighborhood stores as of October 1, 2004. Dollar General stores offer convenience and value to customers by offering consumable basic items that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids and cleaning supplies, as well as a selection of basic apparel, housewares and seasonal items at everyday low prices. The Company store support center is located in Goodlettsville, Tennessee. Dollar General's Web site can be reached at www.dollargeneral.com.



CONTACT: Dollar General Corporation, Goodlettsville
Emma Jo Kauffman, 615-855-5525


SOURCE: Dollar General Corporation


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