QUARTERLY GROWTH: Drugstore chain Walgreen Co. said Friday its first-quarter earnings soared 68 percent. It earned $695 million, or 72 cents per share, compared to $413 million, or 43 cents per share, last year. Revenue climbed 6 percent to $18.33 billion.
THE EXPECTATIONS: Analysts surveyed by FactSet expected, on average, earnings of 72 cents per share on $18.35 billion in revenue.
KEY FACTOR: The Deerfield Ill., company booked $376 million in income during the quarter from its stakes in European health and beauty retailer Alliance Boots and U.S. pharmaceutical wholesaler AmerisourceBergen Corp.