Sunbury, PA (May 3, 2021) – Weis Markets, Inc. (NYSE: WMK) today reported its sales increased 2.1 percent to $1.0 billion during the thirteen-week period ended March 27, 2021, compared to the same period in 2020, while first quarter comparable store sales increased 1.4 percent.
The Company’s first quarter net income decreased 9.1 percent to $24.3 million compared to $26.7 million in 2020, while earnings per share totaled $0.90 compared to $0.99 per share for the same period in 2020.
“The World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) a pandemic on March 11, 2020 which resulted in restaurant, business and school closings while other companies transitioned to working remotely. The result was a record surge in demand for food retailers” said Jonathan H. Weis, Chairman, President and CEO.
“Our first quarter 2021 results remained significantly elevated in absolute terms and were in line with expectations with sales up 14.8 percent and net income up 69.6 percent compared to the pre-pandemic levels in first quarter 2019, which is a more appropriate baseline for comparison,” said Mr. Weis. “We are extremely proud of what our associates accomplished throughout the pandemic. During these challenging and evolving times, we remain well positioned to meet the needs of our customers and communities while continuing to deliver value to our shareholders.”
About Weis Markets
Founded in 1912, Weis Markets, Inc. is a Mid Atlantic food retailer operating 198 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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