Monthly Operations Summary FY2011 (April 2011)

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  • Total sales for all stores in April 2011 stood at 139,979 million yen, a 0.5% decrease on a year-on-year basis.  Consolidated net sales for the existing stores fell 2.6% year on year.  Average daily sales per stores (all stores) were 497 thousand yen.  The average number of customers per store (existing stores) dropped by 1.0% compared with the same month last year to 872, and average sales per customer (existing stores) dipped 1.7% year on year, to 549 yen. (The above figures include the results of the stores of the Tohoku and Kanto regions which were not fully operated through the month.)
  • Net sales for the existing stores in the LAWSON STORE 100 chain decreased 1.5% from the same period of the previous year, while the number of customers rose by 1.5% and sales per customer fell by 3.0%, respectively.
  • Gross sales of tickets greatly decreased because of a backlash of the last year’s particularly strong sales related to the big hit artists’ concert, EXILE Tour and cancellation of events and concerts after the earthquake. This affected the net sales for the existing stores approximately 4% points negatively year on year.
  • Gross profit for the existing stores resulted in line with expectations. This is also in line with the earnings estimates.
  • Due to the impact of the disaster, net sales for the existing stores in the Tohoku region greatly declined year on year. Net sales for the existing stores in the western Japan were favorable.
  • Sales of cigarettes increased by approximately 10%, showing an earlier-than-expected recovery. Sales of non-tobacco products continued to increase year on year
  • Sales in the rice and noodles category recovered to positive growth year on year because of the recovery of product supplies.
  • As of April 30, 2011, the LAWSON Group was comprised of 9,985 stores in Japan, including 90 NATURAL LAWSON, 1,047 LAWSON STORE 100 and 13 SHOP99.
  • Ninety-nine Plus Inc. operated a total of 1,060 stores, of which the number of new stores and closed stores were 15 and 37, respectively.
  • LAWSON is running the Spring Rilakkuma Campaign from March 1 through June 27, 2011.

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