SUNBURY, Pa., Nov. 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Weis Markets, Inc. (NYSE:WMK) today reported its sales increased 14.4 percent to $1.0 billion during the thirteen-week period ended September 26, 2020, compared to the same period in 2019, while its third quarter comparable store sales increased 14.8 percent.
The Company's third quarter net income increased 118.8 percent to $31.3 million compared to $14.3 million in 2019, while earnings per share totaled $1.16 compared to $0.53 per share for the same period in 2019. Third quarter ecommerce sales increased 160 percent.
"Our sales and current demand continue to be impacted by a significant number of people working remotely, often with children attending school the same way, which results in more at-home meals," said Jonathan Weis, Weis Markets' Chairman and CEO. "Our customers have also adjusted the way they shop, making fewer trips to our stores but buying larger orders. Additionally, our ecommerce sales continue to grow at a record rate."
"We've adjusted to meet this increased demand with agile procurement, consistent in-stock conditions, disciplined marketing and pricing programs and accelerated replenishment schedules. Over the past seven months, our associates have adapted and taken on additional challenges, cleaning and sanitizing our stores throughout the day and doing their best to ensure social distancing and a safe shopping environment during challenging times. We are grateful for all they do."
Mr. Weis also said his company has taken steps to secure sufficient inventory to remain in stock and serve its customers during the upcoming holiday season.
Year to Date
For the 39-week period ending September 26, 2020, the Company's sales increased 16.9 percent to $3.1 billion compared to the same period in 2019 while comparable store sales increased 17.3 percent. Year-to-date combined ecommerce sales increased 147.0 percent. Year-to-date (YTD) net income increased 102.6 percent to $99.5 million while earnings per share for the same period increased $1.87 to $3.70 per share.
About Weis Markets Founded in 1912, Weis Markets, Inc. is a Mid Atlantic food retailer operating 195 stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, West Virginia and Virginia. For more information, please visit: WeisMarkets.com or Facebook.com/WeisMarkets.
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