Shares of Steven Madden ( SHOO) were among Nasdaq's winners Friday, rising 12% after the footwear company said that third-quarter earnings and sales would top Wall Street forecasts.

The company expects earnings of 36 cents to 39 cents a share on sales of $99 million to $100 million. Analysts polled by Thomson First Call had been expecting earnings of 27 cents a share on sales of $93.6 million. A year ago the company earned 26 cents a share on sales of $88.6 million. "Our third quarter performance is a strong testament to the continued progress we are making in improving our overall operations, and accordingly, we are optimistic about the long-term," the company said in a statement. The company plans to release third-quarter results on Nov. 3. Shares were trading up $2.79 to $25.59.

Staples ( SPLS) rose 3% after the office products company reiterated its third-quarter and full-year earnings outlook and announced a $1.5 billion share repurchase plan. During the third quarter the company expects earnings of 32 cents a share on low double-digit sales growth. For the full year the company expects earnings of $1.11 a share. Both forecasts are in line with analysts' expectations. The company expects 2006 earnings of $1.20 to $1.26 a share, which includes about 7 cents to 8 cents a share in stock option expense, on low double-digit sales growth. Analysts are expecting earnings of $1.28 a share on sales of $17.5 billion.

As for the stock buyback plan, Staples said it would begin to repurchase up to $1.5 billion in stock once its current $1 billion share repurchase plan expires in November. The new repurchase plan will run through 2007. Shares were trading up 64 cents to $21.99.

Shares of Oxford Industries ( OXM) rose 10% after the clothing maker posted first-quarter results that were better than expected. The company earned $13.9 million, or 79 cents a share, on sales of $336.5 million. Analysts were expecting earnings of 61 cents a share on sales of $329.6 million. A year ago the company earned $6.2 million, or 36 cents a share, on sales of $264.8 million.

Looking ahead, Oxford now expects full-year earnings of $3.42 to $3.52 a share on sales of $1.38 billion to $1.4 billion. Previously, the company said it would earn $3.25 to $3.35 a share on sales of $1.37 billion to $1.39 billion. Analysts are expecting earnings of $3.33 a share on sales of $1.41 billion. Shares were trading up $4.33 to $49.25.

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