Kirkland's, Inc. (NASDAQ: KIRK) today reported financial results for the 13-week and 39-week periods ended October 29, 2011.
Net sales for the 13-week period ended October 29, 2011, were $97.1 million compared with $92.7 million for the 13-week period ended October 30, 2010. Comparable store sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 decreased 3.6% compared with a 2.4% decrease in the prior-year quarter. The Company opened 13 stores and closed 6 stores during the third quarter of 2011, bringing the total number of stores to 301 as of quarter’s end.
Net sales for the 39-week period ended October 29, 2011, were $281.2 million compared with $275.7 million for the 39-week period ended October 30, 2010. Comparable store sales for the 39 weeks ended October 29, 2011, decreased 6.7% compared with an increase of 3.5% in the prior-year period. The Company opened 23 stores and closed 22 stores during the 39-week period ended October 29, 2011.
The Company reported net income of $1.2 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 compared with net income of $2.3 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, for the third quarter of fiscal 2010.For the 39-week period ended October 29, 2011, the Company reported net income of $3.9 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, compared with net income of $12.0 million, or $0.59 per diluted share, for the 39-week period ended October 30, 2010. Robert Alderson, Kirkland's President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “We were pleased to realize improvement in our sales results for the third quarter, which were higher than originally anticipated due to better trends in the second half of the quarter. We experienced sequential improvement in our merchandise margin during the quarter, resulting in better-than-expected earnings results. “During the quarter, we saw improvement in some of our important merchandising categories; however, we have more work to do. Inventories remain in good shape and well-balanced after successful execution in the third quarter. New store openings continue to produce strong initial sales results. Despite the delays that we have experienced in accessing space this year, we have a strong start to the 2012 store class. Our top priority is to enter fiscal 2012 with improving sales and earnings momentum, and thus far we are on track with that plan.”
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