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SOURCE Weis Markets, Inc.
SUNBURY, Pa., Nov. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Weis Markets, Inc. (NYSE: WMK) today issued its third quarter results. In the thirteen-week period ending September 28, 2013, the Company's sales totaled $661.4 million, a 1.0% decline compared to the same period in 2012. Comparable store sales for the same period were down 2.9%.
Third quarter net income declined 31.9% to $11.7 million compared to the same period in 2012. Third quarter earnings per share totaled $.43 compared to $.64 in 2012.
The Company's third quarter results were impacted by stagnant sales performance in select center store categories and significant fuel deflation resulting in lower retail gas sales.
To drive fourth quarter sales throughout its five state market area, the Company recently stepped up its promotional and sales building activities and expanded its loyalty marketing programs.
The Company attributed its decline in net income to a $6.1 million charge for the separation agreement of its former Chief Executive Officer. Its third quarter net income was also impacted by a $2.1 million impairment loss for four properties.
Year to Date
The Company's year to date sales totaled $2.0 billion compared to $2.0 billion in 2012 while comparable store sales declined 2.3%. Year to date net income totaled $56.0 million compared to $60.4 million in 2012, down 7.3%. The Company's year to date earnings per share totaled $2.08 compared to $2.25 in 2012.
About Weis Markets Founded in 1912, Weis Markets, Inc. is a Mid Atlantic food retailer operating 165 stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and West Virginia. For more information, please visit: WeisMarkets.com or Facebook.com/WeisMarkets.
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