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Shoe Carnival Reports Fourth Quarter And Full Year 2011 Results

Shoe Carnival, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCVL), a leading retailer of value-priced footwear and accessories, today announced net sales and earnings for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended January 28, 2012.

Fourth Quarter Results

Net sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 increased 1.1 percent to $181.9 million compared to net sales of $179.9 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010. Comparable store sales decreased 3.0 percent in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011.

Net earnings for the fourth quarter were $3.3 million or $0.24 per diluted share, as compared to net earnings of $4.4 million or $0.33 per diluted share for the fourth quarter last year.

The gross profit margin for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 decreased to 28.3 percent from 30.0 percent in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010. The merchandise margin decreased 1.5 percent, while buying, distribution and occupancy costs increased 0.2 percent, as a percentage of sales.

Selling, general and administrative expenses for the fourth quarter decreased $463,000 to $46.6 million. As a percentage of sales, these expenses decreased 0.6 percent as compared to the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010.

Speaking on the results, Mark Lemond, president and chief executive officer, said, “Our fourth quarter sales results were in line with our revised guidance of $181 to $182 million issued early in January. However, we exceeded the high end of our earnings guidance of $0.23 per share by $0.01. Consumer demand for fall footwear, particularly boots, declined significantly as a result of the unseasonably warm weather. Consequently, heavy promotional activity was required during the fourth quarter to effectively sell through this inventory, thus reducing our sales and merchandise margin. The decline in comparable store sales of three percent and the 150 basis point decline in the merchandise margin were attributed to the sales and margin decline in the boot category.”

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