CVS Health quarterly sales rise 4% on pharmacy boost

Sales rose to $69.55B from $66.89B

CVS Health Corp reported a 4% rise in fourth-quarter sales on Tuesday, helped in part by COVID-19 testing at its pharmacies.

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However, the company’s profit fell in the quarter ended Dec. 31, hurt by higher costs at its health insurance unit.

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Last year, as people avoided visiting hospitals for scheduled procedures due to the pandemic, health insurers benefited from lower costs. But now, with COVID-19 vaccinations underway, non-urgent procedures are expected to bounce back to normal levels, leading to higher costs for health insurers.

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CVS Health’s net profit fell to $973 million, or 74 cents per share, in the reported quarter, from $1.75 billion, or $1.33 per share, a year earlier.

Sales rose to $69.55 billion from $66.89 billion.

The company expects 2021 adjusted profit of between $7.39 to $7.55 per share, compared with analysts’ estimates of $7.54 per share, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.