Strong revenue gains in the first quarter helped boost the bottom line at 99 Cents Only Stores
, the company reported on Tuesday.
The discount retail chain earned $14.6 million, or 20 cents a share, inthe first quarter. That was up from the year-ago period, when 99 Centsearned $12.5 million, or 18 cents a share.
Compared with the first quarter of 2002, 99 Cents grew its revenue 20.4%to $196.4 million on strong sales in its core, eponymous stores.
The results met analysts' expectations, according to ThomsonFinancial/First Call. Wall Street had been expecting 99 Cents to earn 20cents a share on $193.2 million in sales.
The City of Commerce, Calif.-based company said it expects its earningsto grow 20% this year.