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NBTY Announces Preliminary Unaudited Net Sales Results for May 2009
Date:6/15/2009

RONKONKOMA, N.Y. June 15 /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 May 2009 by segment:

NBTY's preliminary unaudited net sales results for May 2009 by segment are as follows:

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

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

    Wholesale / US Nutrition               $138         $96          43%

    North American Retail                   $18         $17           2%

    European Retail                         $51         $51           1%

    Direct Response /
     E-Commerce                             $16         $19         -16%

    Total                                  $223        $184          22%
                                           ====        ====          ===

Leiner Health Products, acquired in July 2008, has been fully integrated into Wholesale / US Nutrition net sales. North American Retail same store sales increased 2% for the one month period. European Retail net sales for May 2009 include $9 million from Julian Graves, which NBTY acquired in September 2008. Excluding Julian Graves sales, European Retail net sales increased 6% in local currency (British Pound Sterling), and decreased 17% in US dollars for the period.

NBTY's preliminary unaudited net sales results for the two months April and May 2009 by segment are as follows:

                                      NET SALES
                             (Preliminary and Unaudited)
                        FOR THE TWO MONTHS OF APRIL AND MAY
                                    ($In Millions)

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

    Wholesale / US Nutrition               $270        $201          34%

    North American Retail                   $35         $34           2%

    European Retail                         $99        $100          -1%

    Direct Response /
     E-Commerce                             $33         $37         -11%

    Total                                  $437        $373          17%
                                           ====        ====          ===

Leiner Health Products, acquired in July 2008, has been fully integrated into Wholesale / US Nutrition net sales. North American Retail same store sales increased 2% for the two-month period. European Retail net sales for the two-month period of April and May 2009 include $18 million from Julian Graves, which NBTY acquired in September 2008. Excluding Julian Graves sales, European Retail net sales increased 6% in local currency (British Pound Sterling), and decreased 19% in US dollars for the two-month 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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