North American retail sales were down 13%, indicative of the economic downturn and consumer spending pinch. European retail sales were down 4% for the period, including $11 million from Julian Graves, which NBTY acquired in September. NBTY’s direct to consumer sales increased 44% for November, and 48% for October and November combined.
For the two month period of October and November, NBTY’s wholesale U.S. nutrition sales increased 52%. Without the Leiner acquisition contributions, sales would have increased just 5%. Total sales for two month period were $421 million, up 26% from the same period in 2007.
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