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Polo Beats Estimates

It says recent deals will cut 2008 earnings.

Polo Ralph Lauren (RL) - Get Ralph Lauren Corporation Class A Report beat fourth-quarter earnings targets and said recent acquisition costs will cut 2008 earnings by 27 cents a share.

The New York-based apparel retailer made $73 million, or 68 cents a share, for the quarter ended March 31, up from the year-ago $63 million, or 58 cents a share. Revenue rose to $1.03 billion from $972 million a year earlier.

Analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial were looking for a 62-cent profit on sales of $1.03 billion.

The company says it expects to make $3.70 to $3.80 a share for 2008, including a 27-cent-a-share hit on recent acquisitions. Analysts were looking for $4.13, excluding the acquisition costs.

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