AutoZone inventory up as company opens new stores

In addition to net sales growth of 15.8% to $3.4 billion for the second quarter of fiscal 2022 ending Feb. 12, AutoZone reported an inventory increase of 6.2% from the same period a year earlier, thanks to 31 new stores, hubs and megahubs. in the United States, Mexico and Brazil, according to a press release on Tuesday, March 1.

“As we continue to focus on the health and well-being of our customers and AutoZoners, we remain committed to providing the best and safest place to shop for everyone’s automotive needs,” said Bill Rhodes, president and CEO of AutoZone, in the press release. “During these unique and challenging times, we are striving to provide the best customer service possible. As we continue to prudently invest capital in our business, we remain focused on return on capital. We are committed to continuing our approach long-term goal of growing operating income and free cash flow while effectively utilizing our balance sheet.”

During the quarter, AutoZone opened 26 new stores and closed one in the United States and opened three stores in Mexico and two stores in Brazil. The company had 6,091 stores in the United States, 669 in Mexico and 55 in Brazil for a total of 6,815 as of Feb. 12, according to the statement.

“Our second quarter results reflect our AutoZoners’ continued commitment to providing exceptional service to our customers during these unique times,” Rhodes said in the release.

AutoZone’s commercial sales increased 32.1% in the quarter and retail sales were up more than 10% from the same period a year ago, according to the release.

“We believe the initiatives we have put in place position us well for the remainder of our fiscal year,” Rhodes said in the statement.

Meanwhile, Advance Auto Parts has relied on digital assets that provide visibility into delivery status, product availability and training for double-digit comparable sales growth in the professional segment in the latest update. February 15 quarterly results update.

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