A long-running story got an update late last night when discount retailer Dollar General
This story goes back a ways. Dollar General said back in April 2001 that it found some accounting problems and, as a result, would restate financial information for the 2000, 1999 and 1998 fiscal years. Predictably, a pile of shareholder lawsuits cropped up as a result. The company settled with most of the plaintiffs a year later, and that part of the tale is more or less over.
Yesterday brought better news for Dollar General, with the company releasing December sales figures. The retailer managed a 4.3% increase in same-store sales for the month, with the average customer purchase (in dollars) and same-store customer transactions also rising year over year. (Dollar General is a value retailer, but don't be fooled by the name: It's not a "dollar store" like the likes of Dollar Tree
Dollar General shares ticked downward slightly in morning trading on the news. (IBM's were also down somewhat at last check.) The long-term effects, if any, are unclear. SEC penalties, should any be levied, aren't generally of the sort that would bankrupt a company, and Dollar General has no shortage of cash. At this point, it may be more important to note that investigations of this type can remain quiet for some time -- but that doesn't mean they've gone away.
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Dave Marino-Nachison can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.