Ascena Retail Group, Inc. (NASDAQ – ASNA) today reported financial results for its fiscal third quarter and nine months ended April 28, 2012.
Fiscal Third Quarter Results
Net income for the third quarter of Fiscal 2012 was $49.4 million, representing a slight decrease to the year-ago quarter’s net income of $51.8 million. Earnings per share for the third quarter of Fiscal 2012 decreased slightly to $0.31 per diluted share, compared to $0.32 of earnings per diluted share for the third quarter of Fiscal 2011. The decrease in net income and earnings per share for the third quarter of Fiscal 2012 was entirely attributable to the incurrence of $6.8 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, of costs relating to the pending acquisition of Charming Shoppes, Inc.
Net sales for the third quarter of Fiscal 2012 increased 8% to $783.3 million, compared to $722.8 million for last year’s third quarter. This was primarily due to a 5% increase in comparable store sales, and strong growth in sales from new stores and e-commerce . Consolidated comparable store sales include stores open for at least one year and do not include e-commerce sales results. The Company was pleased to note that e-commerce sales increased 55% to $36 million versus last year’s comparable period. The Company’s comparable store sales and net sales by brand for the fiscal third quarter were as follows:
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