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What pandemic? Dollar General posts $787 million 2Q profit despite economic downturn

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GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Dollar General Corp. (DG) on Thursday reported fiscal second-quarter profit of $787.6 million.

The Goodlettsville, Tennessee-based company said it had profit of $3.12 per share.

The results surpassed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 21 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $2.44 per share.

The discount retailer posted revenue of $8.68 billion in the period, which also beat Street forecasts. Twenty analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $8.33 billion.

Dollar General shares have risen 31% since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor's 500 index has increased nearly 8%. The stock has risen 47% in the last 12 months.

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