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Harley-Davidson Turns in Strong Growth

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Harley-Davidson (HOG - Get Report) nudged past analysts' estimates, reporting third-quarter income up more than 98% from a year ago.

The motorcycle maker posted third-quarter income of $183.6 million, or 78 cents a share, compared to $93.7 million or 40 cents a share, in the year-ago period. Revenue was $1.23 billion, up from $1.09 billion a year ago.

Analysts were looking for earnings per share of 76 cents on revenue of $1.29 billion.

Worldwide motorcycle sales grew 5.1%, while U.S. sales grew 5.6%.

The company's CEO Keith Wandell credited the growth to strategic changes implemented two years ago.

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"We are pleased with our sustained progress and we continue to realize strong momentum in the transformation of our business," Wandell said.

Harley-Davidson lowered guidance on gross margin for the full year 2011 to be between 33.5% and 34.5%, compared to previous estimates of 34% to 35%.

-- Written by Carlton Wilkinson

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