Two Pennsylvania-based specialty retailers,
American Eagle Outfitters
, posted contrasting third-quarter earnings results Thursday, although both beat analysts' estimates.
Philadelphia-based Urban, which owns the Free People, Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters brands, earned $14.1 million, or 35 cents a share, in the three months ended Oct. 31, compared with $8 million, or 20 cents a share, in the prior-year quarter. Analysts polled by Thomson First Call had been expecting a profit of 31 cents a share.
Total sales rose 27% to $142.3 million, while comparable-store sales rose 17%. The company said it had a 48% increase in direct-to-consumer sales and that it had 23% more stores in operation. Urban said its operating margin was 16.5%.
Urban said that it believes existing inventory, as well as merchandise shipments scheduled to arrive in November and early December, will satisfy holiday demand even though same-store sales in early November have exceeded plans.
Shares of Urban closed at $36 Wednesday on the
At American Eagle, net income, including a goodwill impairment charge, was $10.1 million, or 14 cents a share, in the quarter ended Nov. 1, compared with $27.1 million, or 37 cents a share, a year earlier. Earnings excluding the charge were $18.1 million, or 25 cents a share. On this basis, the company beat analysts' projections for a profit of 23 cents a share.
Total sales for American Eagle were $373.8 million, down 0.2% from last year. Comparable-store sales for the period were down 10.4%.
The Warrendale, Pa.-based company said that month-to-date November same-store sales have fallen by a percentage in the low single digits. However, sales trends have improved since October thanks to more seasonable weather, a clearance sale and the upcoming holidays, American Eagle said.
Shares of American Eagle were rising 33 cents, or 1.9%, at $17.65 in Instinet premarket trading.