Sunoco announced a revenue totaled $4.4 billion, an increase of 36.7 percent, compared to $3.2 billion in the first quarter of 2016.
The increase was the result of the average selling price of fuel being 56 cents per gallon higher than last year, additional wholesale gallons sold and increased merchandise sales. Total gross profit was $503 million, compared to $511 million in the first quarter of 2016. The key driver of the decrease was lower wholesale motor fuel profits partly offset by increases in retail motor fuel and merchandise profits.
Income from operations was $48 million, versus $92 million in the first quarter of 2016. General and administrative expenses increased $6 million from the first quarter 2016 to $64 million primarily due to increased salary and benefit costs. Other operating expenses increased $14 million from the first quarter 2016 to $263 million as a result of stores acquired or opened in the last 12 months.
Net income was $1 million, or ($0.22) per diluted unit, versus $62 million, or $0.47 per diluted unit, in the first quarter of 2016. Adjusted EBITDA (1) for the quarter totaled $155 million, compared with $159 million in the first quarter of 2016. The unfavorable year-over-year comparison reflects decreased wholesale motor fuel gross profit contribution and increased total operating expenses.
Distributable cash flow (1), as adjusted, was $77 million, compared to $112 million a year ago. This year over year decrease reflects an increase in cash interest expense.
Net loss for the retail segment was $41 million compared to a net loss of $25 million a year ago. Adjusted EBITDA was $60 million, versus $56 million in the first quarter of last year. Total retail gallons sold decreased by 2.1 percent to 595 million gallons as a result of the decreased demand across SUN's operating geography, particularly along the East Coast. The Partnership earned 23.1 cents per gallon on these volumes, compared to 21.3 cents per gallon a year earlier.
Total merchandise sales increased by 3.1 percent from a year ago to $540 million, reflecting the contribution from third party acquisitions and new-to-industry locations opened during the last 12 months. Merchandise sales contributed $170 million of gross profit with a retail merchandise margin of 31.6 percent, a decrease of 0.1 percentage points from the first quarter of 2016. PWKD08052017