MEMPHIS — Fred's on Thursday said January sales rose 3% to $132.4 million, compared with the year-ago period.
Comparable-store sales for the retailer, however, declined 0.8%, compared with an increase of 2.1% in the same period last year.
"We were pleased to see strong customer traffic in January, together with increasing pharmacy script counts," Fred's CEO Bruce Efird said. "We also witnessed a continued solid performance in pet and household supplies, two of our Core 5 departments. As in December, January sales were affected by unseasonably warm weather across our markets and the shifting of a month-end advertising circular."
During January, Fred's opened six new stores and four pharmacies. There was one franchise store closing.