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FISCAL 2008 EARNINGS

                                 UNITED STATES
                       SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
                             WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

                                    FORM 8-K

                                 CURRENT REPORT
                     PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE
                             SECURITIES ACT OF 1934


      Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported) November 7, 2008
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                          AMCON DISTRIBUTING COMPANY
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           (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)


   DELAWARE                         1-15589                    47-0702918
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(State or other                   (Commission                (IRS Employer
jurisdiction of                   File Number)             Identification No.)
incorporation)


                       7405 Irvington Road, Omaha, NE 68122
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                (Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)


                                (402) 331-3727
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             (Registrant's telephone number, including area code)


                                 Not Applicable
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          (Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

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ITEM 2.02      RESULTS OF OPERATIONS AND FINANCIAL CONDITION.

On November 7, 2008, AMCON Distributing Company ("AMCON or "Company") issued
a press release announcing its financial results for the fiscal year ended
September 30, 2008.  A copy of the press release is attached to this report
as an exhibit and is incorporated herein by reference.

The information in this report (including the exhibit) shall not be deemed to
be "filed" for the purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of
1934, as amended, or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that Section.
The information set forth in this report (including the exhibit) shall not be
incorporated by reference into any registration statement or other document
pursuant to the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, except as shall be
expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing.

ITEM 9.01    FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND EXHIBITS

         EXHIBIT NO.       DESCRIPTION

         99.1              Press release, dated November 7, 2008, issued
                           by AMCON Distributing Company announcing
                           financial results for the fiscal year ended
                           ended September 30, 2008



                                   SIGNATURE

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, the
registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

                                AMCON DISTRIBUTING COMPANY
                                     (Registrant)


Date: November 7, 2008          By:      Andrew C. Plummer
                                         -------------------------
                                Name:    Andrew C. Plummer
                                Title:   Vice President &
                                           Chief Financial Officer

















                             Exhibit 99.1

AMCON DISTRIBUTING COMPANY REPORTS RECORD FULLY DILUTED EARNINGS PER COMMON
SHARE OF $6.26 FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2008

                             NEWS RELEASE

Chicago, IL, November 7, 2008 - AMCON Distributing Company ("AMCON")
(AMEX:DIT), an Omaha, Nebraska based consumer products company is pleased to
announce record fully diluted earnings per common share of $6.26 on net
income available to common shareholders of $4.9 million for the fiscal year
ended September 30, 2008.

"Our management team was able to deliver superior performance in a very
difficult economic environment. We stuck with our conservative corporate
strategy and it has worked," said Christopher H. Atayan, AMCON's Chairman and
Chief Executive Officer. "We continue to believe that if we add economic
value to our customers, our shareholders will benefit. This is a message we
have been communicating throughout the course of the year in both of our
business segments. Our customers have responded by participating jointly with
us in the development of new ideas and promotions that further enhance
profitability. While times are certainly tough we will continue to prudently
move AMCON forward and continue our focused execution of our business plan.
During the course of the year we had the opportunity to explore a number of
acquisition opportunities and are once again on the acquisition trail.
Additionally, we have enough confidence in our position in the market to
increase our quarterly dividend 25% to $0.10 as previously reported."

Each of AMCON's business segments reported excellent results for the year.
The wholesale distribution segment reported revenues of $821.2 million and
operating income before depreciation and amortization of $13.2 million for
fiscal 2008.  The retail health food segment reported revenues of $39.2
million and operating income before depreciation and amortization of $4.1
million for fiscal 2008.  AMCON ended the year with shareholders' equity of
$11.0 million.

"Our customers and vendors place their trust in us every day. We strive to
deliver performance beyond their expectations which is why we are able to
maintain our position as an industry leader" said Kathleen Evans, President
of AMCON's wholesale distribution segment.  "The convenience store industry
was challenged this year and conditions will remain that way for the near
term. We look at this environment as one in which our tradition of excellence
serves to differentiate us from the competition."

"Our commitment to delivering premium customer service at competitive prices
drives the informed consumer into our stores. Further, we upgraded our
website www.akins.com which has been of benefit to customers who prefer that
form of retail channel," said Eric Hinkefent, President of AMCON's retail
health food segment. "We realized that our customers faced a difficult
economy and tailored nutritional solutions for both their health and pocket
book. We believe the demographic trends for the natural foods industry over
the long term are healthy, but the industry is not immune from short term
economic conditions."



"One of our competitive advantages in these difficult times has been our
strong position of liquidity.   As previously reported, our bank group
renewed our line of credit and term loans early" said Andrew Plummer, AMCON's
Chief Financial Officer. "AMCON maintains an extremely conservative posture
with respect to our day to day financial operations. We believe this inures
to the benefit of our customers, as we are able to take advantage of
opportunities to enhance their profitability.  Further this stance enabled us
to weather significant fuel increases during the course of the year. As we
head into fiscal 2009 we are assuming a continuing recession for the course
of the year. "

AMCON is a leading wholesale distributor of consumer products, including
beverages, candy, tobacco, groceries, food service, frozen and chilled foods,
and health and beauty care products with distribution centers in Illinois,
Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. Chamberlin's Natural
Foods, Inc. and Health Food Associates, Inc., both wholly-owned subsidiaries
of The Healthy Edge, Inc., operate health and natural product retail stores
in central Florida (6), Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma (4). The
retail stores operate under the names Chamberlin's Market & Cafe and Akins
Natural Foods Market.

This news release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to
risks and uncertainties and which reflect management's current beliefs and
estimates of future economic circumstances, industry conditions, Company
performance and financial results. A number of factors could affect the
future results of the Company and could cause those results to differ
materially from those expressed in the Company's forward-looking statements
including, without limitation, availability of sufficient cash resources to
conduct its business and meet its capital expenditures needs. Moreover, past
financial performance should not be considered a reliable indicator of future
performance. Accordingly, the Company claims the protection of the safe
harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities
Litigation Reform Act of 1995 with respect to all such forward-looking
statements.

Visit AMCON Distributing Company's web site at: www.amcon.com

For Further Information Contact:
Christopher H. Atayan
AMCON Distributing Company
Ph 312-327-1770
Fax: 312-527-3964

















CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS AMCON Distributing Company and Subsidiaries -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- September 30, 2008 2007 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ASSETS Current assets: Cash $ 457,681 $ 717,554 Accounts receivable, less allowance for doubtful accounts of $0.8 million and $0.3 million in 2008 and 2007, respectively 27,198,414 27,848,938 Inventories, net 37,330,969 29,738,727 Deferred income taxes 1,260,609 1,446,389 Current assets of discontinued operations 18,947 18,897 Prepaid and other current assets 3,519,650 5,935,208 ------------------------------ Total current assets 69,786,270 65,705,713 Property and equipment, net 10,907,541 11,190,768 Goodwill 5,848,808 5,848,808 Other intangible assets, net 3,373,269 3,400,070 Deferred income taxes 234,171 2,768,043 Non-current assets of discontinued operations 2,032,047 2,057,033 Other assets 1,123,252 1,093,150 ------------------------------ $ 93,305,358 $ 92,063,585 ============================== LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY Current liabilities: Accounts payable $ 14,738,214 $ 15,253,562 Accrued expenses 5,275,697 5,293,923 Accrued wages, salaries and bonuses 2,636,699 2,202,594 Income taxes payable 313,021 367,773 Current liabilities of discontinued operations 4,041,837 4,035,863 Current maturities of credit facility 3,046,000 3,046,000 Current maturities of long-term debt 787,128 568,024 ------------------------------ Total current liabilities 30,838,596 30,767,739 Credit facility, less current maturities 32,155,005 35,808,180 Long-term debt, less current maturities 6,525,881 7,123,453 Noncurrent liabilities of discontinued operations 6,542,310 6,542,310 Series A cumulative, convertible preferred stock, $.01 par value 100,000 authorized and issued, liquidation preference $25.00 per share 2,438,355 2,438,355 Series B cumulative, convertible preferred stock, $.01 par value 80,000 authorized and issued, liquidation preference $25.00 per share 1,857,645 1,857,645 Series C cumulative, convertible preferred stock, $.01 par value 80,000 authorized and issued, liquidation preference $25.00 per share 1,982,372 1,982,372 Commitments and contingencies Shareholders' equity: Preferred stock, $0.01 par value, 1,000,000 shares authorized, 260,000 shares outstanding and issued in Series A, B, and C referred to above - - Common stock, $0.01 par value, 3,000,000 shares authorized, 570,397 shares outstanding at September 2008 and 529,436 shares outstanding at September 2007 5,704 5,295 Additional paid-in capital 6,995,948 6,396,131 Retained earnings (deficit) 3,963,542 (857,895) ------------------------------ Total shareholders' equity 10,965,194 5,543,531 ------------------------------ $ 93,305,358 $ 92,063,585 ==============================
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AMCON Distributing Company and Subsidiaries -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Fiscal Years Ended September 30 2008 2007 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sales (including excise taxes of $206.8 million and $208.2 million, respectively) $ 860,451,122 $ 853,566,512 Cost of sales 795,774,780 789,317,758 ------------------------------ Gross profit 64,676,342 64,248,754 ------------------------------ Selling, general and administrative expenses 51,631,324 50,963,645 Depreciation and amortization 1,386,218 1,831,640 ------------------------------ 53,017,542 52,795,285 ------------------------------ Operating income 11,658,800 11,453,469 Other expense (income): Interest expense 2,986,215 4,816,324 Other (income), net (114,613) (194,608) ------------------------------ 2,871,602 4,621,716 ------------------------------ Income from continuing operations before income tax expense 8,787,198 6,831,753 Income tax expense 3,194,000 2,626,000 ------------------------------ Income from continuing operations 5,593,198 4,205,753 Discontinued operations Gain on disposal of discontinued operations, net of income tax expense of $0.6 million - 829,090 Loss from discontinued operations, net of income tax benefit of $0.2 million and $0.3 million, respectively (260,952) (594,539) ------------------------------ (Loss) income on discontinued operations (260,952) 234,551 ----------------------------- Net income 5,332,246 4,440,304 Preferred stock dividend requirements (419,839) (418,692) ----------------------------- Net income available to common shareholders $ 4,912,407 $ 4,021,612 ============================== Basic earnings (loss) per share available to common shareholders: Continuing operations $ 9.65 $ 7.19 Discontinued operations (0.49) 0.44 ------------------------------ Net basic earnings per share available to common shareholders $ 9.16 $ 7.63 ============================== Diluted earnings (loss) per share available to common shareholders: Continuing operations $ 6.57 $ 4.89 Discontinued operations (0.31) 0.27 ------------------------------ Net diluted earnings per share available to common shareholders $ 6.26 $ 5.16 ============================== Weighted average shares outstanding: Basic 536,319 527,062 Diluted 851,298 860,121
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS AMCON Distributing Company and Subsidiaries -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Fiscal Years Ended September 30 2008 2007 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES: Net income $ 5,332,246 $ 4,440,304 Deduct: (Loss) income from discontinued operations, net of tax (260,952) 234,551 ------------------------------ Income from continuing operations 5,593,198 4,205,753 Adjustments to reconcile income from continuing operations to net cash flows from operating activities: Depreciation 1,359,417 1,791,907 Amortization 26,801 39,733 Loss (gain) on sale of property and equipment (39,619) 27,235 Stock based compensation 435,250 70,993 Excess tax benefit on exercise of stock options (16,592) - Deferred income taxes 2,719,652 2,621,261 Provision for losses on doubtful accounts 505,000 (250,196) Provision for losses on inventory obsolescence 101,998 52,242 Changes in assets and liabilities, Accounts receivable 145,524 217,009 Inventories (7,694,240) (383,768) Prepaid and other current assets 2,415,558 (566,058) Other assets (30,102) 254,314 Accounts payable (515,348) 739,188 Accrued expenses and accrued wages, salaries and bonuses 415,879 1,574,429 Income taxes payable (38,160) 198,837 ------------------------------ Net cash flows from operating activities - continuing operations 5,384,216 10,592,879 Net cash flows from operating activities - discontinued operations (230,042) (1,929,323) ------------------------------ Net cash flows from operating activities 5,154,174 8,663,556 ------------------------------ CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES: Purchase of property and equipment (845,156) (514,277) Proceeds from sales of property and equipment 86,209 101,328 ------------------------------ Net cash flows from investing activities - continuing operations (758,947) (412,949) Net cash flows from investing activities - discontinued operations - 3,965,394 ------------------------------ Net cash flows from investing activities (758,947) 3,552,445 CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES: Net payments on bank credit agreement (3,653,175) (9,969,248) Principal payments on long-term debt (656,092) (734,416) Proceeds from exercise of stock options 148,384 46,686 Excess tax benefit on exercise of stock options 16,592 - Debt issuance costs - (100,000) Dividends on preferred stock (419,839) (418,692) Dividends on common stock (90,970) - ------------------------------ Net cash flows from financing activities - continuing operations (4,655,100) (11,175,670) Net cash flows from financing activities - discontinued operations - (803,915) ------------------------------ Net cash flow from financing activities (4,655,100) (11,979,585) ------------------------------ Net change in cash (259,873) 236,416 Cash, beginning of year 717,554 481,138 ------------------------------ Cash, end of year $ 457,681 $ 717,554 ============================== -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Fiscal Years 2008 2007 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information: Cash paid during the year for interest $ 3,116,098 $ 4,890,997 Cash paid during the year for income taxes 354,208 94,901 Supplemental disclosure of non-cash information: Acquisition of equipment through capital leases $ 277,624 68,422 Forgiveness of debt and related interest in connection with settlement of TSI litigation - $ (3,735,145) Forgiveness of water royalty in connection with settlement of TSI litigation - (2,807,000) Issuance of note payable in connection with TSI litigation - 5,000,000 Issuance of note payable in connection with settlement of TBG litigation - 763,983 Buyer's assumption of HNWC lease in connection with the sale of HNWC's assets - discontinued operations - (225,502)

The following information was filed by Amcon Distributing Co (DIT) on Friday, November 7, 2008 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-K Annual Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.

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