American Eagle Outfitters ( AEOS) said fourth-quarter profits rose 7% from a year ago, beating expectations, and the company also said February went well.

The trendy teen apparel chain said it earned $107.5 million, or 71 cents a share, for the holiday quarter, up from the $100.9 million, or 66 cents a share, it logged for the year-ago period. The latest results included charges totaling 3 cents a share related to repatriating overseas profits and an asset sale. Earnings from continuing operations totaled 74 cents a share, beating Wall Street's consensus estimate of 72 cents a share, as compiled by Thomson First Call.

For the current quarter, American Eagle expects to report profits of 36 cents to 38 cents a share, including a 2-cent charge for stock options expense. Analysts, on average, were forecasting earnings of 36 cents a share.

Strong sales results in February boosted the company's outlook, with total sales up 12% to $143.1 million on a same-store sales gain of 6%. Wall Street was expecting same-store sales, a key retail metric gauging sales at stores open for at least a year, to be up 4.1% for the month. It attributed the gain to a positive customer response to its spring assortments, with positive performance in both our women's and men's businesses.

For the fourth quarter, American Eagle reported its sales rose 13% to $764.4 million on same-store sales up 7.8%. That comp came on top of a 28.6% increase in the year-earlier period.

Shares of American Eagle were recently up $1.75, or 6.9%, to $27.22.

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