Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Walgreens Drops as Pharmacy Chains Feel Health-Care Pressure

Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. shares opened at the lowest price since 2013 after the company, the U.S.’s biggest standalone drugstore chain, fell victim to many of the pressures rippling through the health-care and retail industries.

In the back of the store at the pharmacy counter, where more than two-thirds of U.S. store sales come from, Walgreens is filling more prescriptions but making less money on them. Up front, same-store retail sales were down 3.8 percent, as the company sold fewer cough and cold products and brought in less from tobacco.. . . more