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Advance Auto Parts says Q1 sales increased 2.7%

Advance Auto Parts (NYSE: AAP) reported first-quarter adjusted earnings of $2.46 per share, up 17% year-over-year,  surpassing the Wall Street consensus of $2.36 per share. Net sales for the quarter improved 2.7% to $2.95 billion, slightly higher than $2.94 billion projected by analysts.

The top line was spurred by a 2.7% growth in comparable sales.

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AAP shares ended its last trading session 1.68% in green on Tuesday. In the past 12 months, the stock has gained almost 40%.

Adjusted profit margin saw a 37 basis points improvement, primarily driven by favorable product margin and improved inventory management.

CEO Tom Greco said, “Our free cash flow improved by nearly 20% as a result of our continued disciplined approach to cash management. The early progress against our strategic transformation agenda is becoming more evident throughout our culture and in our improving results.”

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The company also reaffirmed its outlook for full-year 2019. The North Carolina-based company expects net sales between $9.65 billion and $9.8 billion, with comp sales increase projected in the range of 1% to 2.5%.

Rival AutoZone (NYSE: AZO) yesterday reported better-than-expected earnings and sales for the third quarter of 2019, aided by strong comparable store sales. The company’s stock gained nearly 3% following the announcement.

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