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were among the


winners Wednesday, rising 4% after the clothing retailer posted better-than-expected third-quarter results that beat expectations and forecast fourth-quarter earnings that exceeded analyst projections.

For the third quarter, Too earned $16 million, or 48 cents a share, on sales of $203.5 million. Analysts polled by Thomson First Call expected earnings of 43 cents a share and sales of $198.1 million. A year earlier, Too earned $11.4 million, or 33 cents a share, on sales of $175 million. Earnings during the recent period were buoyed by strong sales and merchandise margin improvement, the company said.

For the fourth quarter, Too sees earnings of 80 cents to 82 cents a share, above analysts' average estimate of 78 cents a share. Too expects same-store sales growth in the mid-single digits. "Our strong sales results for the first 15 weeks in fall season give us every encouragement that Limited Too and Justice will both have successful holiday seasons," the company said. Shares were trading up $1.31 to $31.06.

Big Lots

( BLI) rose slightly Wednesday after the company posted third-quarter results that beat expectations. The closeout retailer reported a loss of $18.8 million, or 17 cents a share, narrower than analysts' forecast of 24 cents. The loss was also smaller than the company's August projection of 18 cents to 22 cents a share. Sales were $1.04 billion, slightly above Wall Street's target of $1.03 billion. Same-store sales rose 1.7%. A year earlier, Big Lots posted a loss of $32.1 million, or 29 cents a share, on sales of $980 million. Excluding items, the company's year-earlier loss would have been $25.4 million, or 23 cents a share. Shares were recently trading up 4 cents to $12.15.

Shares of


( RMK) rose 4% after the food and uniform services company's fourth-quarter results topped forecasts. The company earned $91.6 million, or 49 cents a share, a penny ahead of Wall Street expectations. Sales were $2.78 billion, beating the $2.77 billion that analysts expected. During last year's fourth quarter, Aramark earned $84.6 million, or 44 cents a share, on sales of $2.62 billion. Excluding a charge, the company would have earned $90.7 million, or 47 cents a share, a year ago.

Looking ahead, Aramark sees fourth-quarter earnings of 40 cents to 43 cents a share, which excludes a stock options expense of 2 cents a share. The results are in line with analysts' average projection of 41 cents a share. The company predicts sales of $2.75 billion to $2.85 billion, slightly short of analysts' expectation of $2.9 billion. For all of fiscal 2006, the company sees earnings of $1.65 to $1.75 a share, excluding options expense, on sales of $11.5 billion to $11.8 billion. Analysts expect earnings of $1.71 a share and sales of $11.6 billion. Shares recently were up 90 cents to $26.25.

Learning Care Group

( LCGI) climbed 35% after the company agreed to be acquired by Australia's A.B.C. Learning Centres for about $159 million in cash. ABC Learning will pay $7.50 a share for Learning Care, representing a 38% premium over Tuesday's closing price of $5.45. The acquisition of Learning Care, which operates 460 learning centers worldwide, is expected to close by early 2006. The company's shares recently jumped $1.90 to $7.35.

Shares of

Charming Shoppes

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rose 4% after the women's apparel retailer posted third-quarter results that beat expectations. The company earned $10.8 million, or 9 cents a share, a penny ahead of analysts' mean estimate. Same-store sales grew 3% and total sales were $663.3 million, higher than the $654.7 million that analysts expected. Last year, the company earned $6.4 million, or 5 cents a share, on sales of $541.8 million, for the third quarter.

Charming Shoppes sees fourth-quarter earnings of 13 cents to 14 cents a share, on sales of $775 million to $785 million. Analysts expect earnings of 14 cents a share and sales of $778 million. Shares were trading up 44 cents to $12.89.

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