Board of Directors and Shareholders
We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of CVS Corporation and subsidiaries as of January 1, 2000 and December 26, 1998, and the related consolidated statements of operations, shareholders equity, and cash flows for the fifty-three week period ended January 1, 2000 and the fifty-two week periods ended December 26, 1998 and December 27, 1997. These consolidated financial statements are the responsibility of the Companys management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these consolidated financial statements based on our audits.
We conducted our audits in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement. An audit includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. An audit also includes assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.
In our opinion, the consolidated financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of CVS Corporation and subsidiaries as of January 1, 2000 and December 26, 1998, and the results of their operations and their cash flows for the fifty-three week period ended January 1, 2000 and the fifty-two week periods ended December 26, 1998 and December 27, 1997, in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles.
February 7, 2000
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