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during the third quarter.

The retailer Tuesday reported an unexpected loss, as the hurricane season disrupted operations and planned store closings put a drag on earnings.

The Alabama-based company recorded a net loss of $24.8 million, or 18 cents a share, for the quarter ended Oct. 30, compared to net income of $12.4 million, or 9 cents a share, in the year-ago-period.

Saks estimates that hurricane activity in the southeastern U.S. knocked 3 cents a share off of earnings. The quarter also included a charge of 13 cents a share, primarily related to the planned closing of 12 stores in its Saks Fifth Avenue and Saks Off 5th outlet store unit.

Revenue rose 1% to $1.48 billion, while same-store sales edged up 0.3%.

Shares fell 7 cents, or 0.5%, to $13.74 in premarket trading.