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NBTY Announces Preliminary Unaudited Net Sales Results for January 2009
Date:2/10/2009

RONKONKOMA, N.Y., Feb. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NBTY, Inc. (NYSE: NTY) (www.NBTY.com), a leading global manufacturer and marketer of nutritional supplements, today announced the following preliminary unaudited net sales results for the month of January 2009 by segment:

                                NET SALES
                       (Preliminary and Unaudited)
                         FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY
                             ($In Millions)

                                       2009      2008      % Change
                                       ----      ----      --------

    Wholesale / US Nutrition           $110       $84           31%

    North American Retail               $17       $17            1%

    European Retail                     $46       $56          -18%

    Direct Response / E-Commerce        $21       $21           -2%
                                 ----------------------------------
    Total                              $193      $178            9%
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Wholesale / US Nutrition net sales for the month of January 2009 include $26 million from Leiner which was acquired in July 2008. Without Leiner sales, the Wholesale / US Nutrition net sales would have decreased 1% for the one-month period. North American Retail same store sales increased 1%. European Retail net sales for January 2009 include $8 million from Julian Graves, which NBTY acquired in September 2008. Excluding Julian Graves sales, European Retail net sales decreased 8% in local currency (British Pound Sterling), and 32% in US dollars for the period.

ABOUT NBTY

NBTY is a leading global vertically integrated manufacturer, marketer and distributor of a broad line of high-quality, value-priced nutritional supplements in the United States and throughout the world. Under a number of NBTY and third party brands, the Company offers over 22,000 products, including products marketed by the Company's Nature's Bounty(R) (www.NaturesBounty.com), Vitamin World(R) (www.VitaminWorld.com), Puritan's Pride(R) (www.Puritan.com), Holland & Barrett(R) (www.HollandAndBarrett.com), Rexall(R) (www.Rexall.com), Sundown(R) (www.SundownNutrition.com), MET-Rx(R) (www.MetRX.com), Worldwide Sport Nutrition(R) (www.SportNutrition.com), American Health(R) (www.AmericanHealthUS.com), GNC (UK)(R) (www.GNC.co.uk), DeTuinen(R) (www.DeTuinen.nl), LeNaturiste(TM) (www.LeNaturiste.com), SISU(R) (www.SISU.com), Solgar(R) (www.Solgar.com), Good 'n' Natural(R) (www.goodnnatural.com), Home Health(TM) (www.homehealthus.com), Julian Graves, and Ester-C(R) (www.Ester-C.com) brands. NBTY routinely posts information that may be important to investors on its web site.

    Contact:  Harvey Kamil                           Carl Hymans
              NBTY, Inc.                             G.S. Schwartz & Co.
              President & Chief Financial Officer    212-725-4500
              631-200-2020                           carlh@schwartz.com


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