NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Family Dollar ( FDO) predicts first-quarter earnings of between 55 cents and 60 cents after reporting consensus-beating fourth-quarter earnings.
In the year-earlier first quarter, Family Dollar earned 49 cents a share. Family Dollar expects first-quarter comparable-store sales of between 5% and 7%. Analysts expect the discount retailer to earn 57 cents a share in the first quarter. Family Dollar said fourth-quarter net income rose 23% to $74 million, or 56 cents a share, from $60.1 million, or 43 cents, a year earlier. Fourth-quarter net sales were $1.96 billion, 8% above sales of $1.81 billion the previous year. Comparable-store sales increased 6.1%. Sales in the quarter were strongest in the consumables category. The consensus estimate for the quarter was earnings of 51 cents a share on revenue of $1.96 billion. The company also said it planned to purchase $750 million of its common stock. >>Search for Highest Dividends by Rate or Yield
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