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99 Cents Only Stores


is spiking in afternoon trading after it reported on Wednesday that profit more than doubled in the third quarter.

During the quarter, 99 Cents Only Stores earned $24.5 million, or 35 cents a share, compared with $12.5 million, or 18 cents, in the year-ago period. Analysts expected a profit of 25 cents a share.

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All this ... and 99 Cents Only revenue just inched up 2% to $359.1 million from $351.1 million last year.

Shares in 99 Cents Only are surging 12.2% to $15 in afternoon trading, even as the rest of the retail sector takes a bloodbath.

-- Reported by Jeanine Poggi in New York.

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