On Thursday, April 25, convenience-store operator The Pantry (NASDAQ:PTRY) released second-quarter results for the period ended March 31. Here are the quick and dirty details.

•  Net sales grew 10.7% as same-store sales improved 2.7% in merchandise and 0.8% in gasoline. Higher-profit merchandise sales grew slightly faster than total gasoline sales.

•  Net earnings fell 7.7% as selling, general, and administrative expenses grew 16% and offset an improvement in gross margins. Management cited costs to acquire recently acquired stores and other fees and expenses.

•  Management lowered guidance and is now calling for 2007 net earnings of $2.30 to $2.40.

•  The Pantry carries a three-star rating in The Motley Fool's CAPS community, as does archrival Casey's General Stores (NASDAQ:CASY). Grocery-store operator Kroger (NYSE:KR) also has some c-stores and a more appetizing four-star rating. Costco (NASDAQ:COST) also carries four stars and sells gasoline to drive store traffic -- a strategy pursued by retail behemoth Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT), though it only has a two-star rating.

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Fools will have to wait until the Pantry supplies its 10-Q to the Securities and Exchange Commission for juicy cash flow details. Find out why free cash flow is a Fool's best friend.

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