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Airgas Lifts First-Quarter Guidance on Strong Sales Growth

2:31 PM MDT | July 31, 2007 | Nancy Seewald

Airgas says it expects to report earnings of 61 cts-63 cts/share in its fiscal first quarter ending June 30, approximately 17% above its previous guidance of 52 cts-54 cts/share. “The increased estimate is primarily driven by stronger than expected same-store sales, which are running at 9% through May, exceeding the pace we saw in the fourth quarter and in early April,” says chairman and CEO Peter McCausland. McCausland: Strong May sales. “We have seen good growth in both gas and hardgoods same-store sales with strong demand across our customer...

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