American Eagle Beats Third-Quarter Estimates

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Casual-wear retailer

American Eagle Outfitters

(AEOS)

easily beat analysts' expectations for the third quarter and recorded 6.8% growth in same-store sales.

The company earned $29.2 million, or 61 cents a share, up from $24.3 million, or 50 cents a share, last year. A

First Call/Thomson Financial

poll of 18 analysts produced an earnings estimate of 54 cents a share for the quarter.

Quarterly sales rose 27% to $282.8 million from $222.7 million a year ago.

Shares of American Eagle were recently climbing 8.33%, or $3.13, to $40.63 in

Nasdaq

trading.