said third-quarter earnings declined 52% but the result topped analysts' estimates despite an as expected comparable-store sales decline of 10.1%.
J.C. Penney said it expects comparable-store sales in the fourth quarter to decline 9% to 11% and earnings of 90 cents to $1.05 a share. Analysts estimate fourth-quarter earnings of $1.32 a share.
The retailer reported earnings of $124 million, or 56 cents a share, compared with $261 million, or $1.17 a share, a year earlier. Total sales fell 8.7% to $4.3 billion. On a continuing operations basis, earnings in the quarter were 55 cents a share. Analysts surveyed by
expected earnings of 53 cents a share.
The company said as of Nov. 1 it had cash and short-term investments of $1.6 billion and long-term debt of $3.5 billion.