* Oct. same-store sales up 4.9 pct vs Street view 4.8 pct
* Pharmacy same-store sales up 5 pct
* Front-end same-store sales up 4.7 pct
CHICAGO, Nov 3 Walgreen Co WAG.N said October
sales at stores open at least a year rose 4.9 percent, with flu
vaccinations driving some of the growth and sales of general
merchandise topping expectations.
Pharmacy same-store sales rose 5 percent. The company said
1 percentage point of growth came from seasonal flu shots.
Sales of general merchandise, sold at the front-end of
stores, rose 4.7 percent.
Analysts, on average, expected Walgreen's same-store sales
to rise 4.8 percent, with a 6 percent jump in pharmacy and a
2.5 percent rise in the front end, according to Thomson Reuters
(Reporting by Jessica Wohl, editing by Dave Zimmerman)