Walgreens Boots Alliance
the pharmacy chain, posted weaker-than-expected earnings and its lowered forecast for full-year profit on Tuesday, saying shoppers had become more cautious and were spending more on value products.
The retailer posted adjusted earnings of $1 for the third quarter, which ended May 31. Analysts surveyed by FactSet had expected a profit of $1.07 a share. Sales were up 8.6% for the same period from a year ago to $35.4 billion and were slightly ahead of the $34.3 billion estimated.
A plunge in demand for Covid-19 related services, and increasingly cautious consumers focused on value were behind the pharmacy chain’s disappointing third quarter update.
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said it was scaling back its full-year adjusted earnings outlook to a range of between $4 to $4.05 a share from $4.45 to $4.65 a share, to reflect the more “challenging consumer” conditions.
Shares of Walgreens (ticker: WBA) fell 7.3% in early trading.
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