Talbots

(TLB)

posted a jump in third-quarter earnings and reiterated its forecast for the fourth quarter.

The company earned $37.4 million, or 63 cents a share, compared with $36.6 million, or 58 cents a share, in the year-ago period.

Sales were $401.8 million, up 2% from last year's $393.3 million. The company said comparable-store sales decreased 3.2%. Retail-store sales increased 4%.

Recently, shares were up 1%, or 30 cents, at $29.05 on the

New York Stock Exchange

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Looking to the fourth quarter, the Hingham, Mass.-based retailer expects to earn 48 cents to 53 cents a share, compared with 53 cents a share in the fourth quarter last year and on track with analysts' 50-cents-a-share forecast.