The company repurchased approximately 10.3 million shares of its common stock for a total of approximately $403 million in the third quarter of 2012. In the fiscal year to date, the company repurchased approximately 26.3 million shares of its common stock for approximately $991 million. At Oct. 27, 2012, the company had remaining authorization to repurchase up to approximately $361 million of its common stock. The company previously stated that it plans to repurchase at least $1 billion in shares in fiscal 2012 under its repurchase program.Looking Ahead Macy’s, Inc. is increasing its full-year 2012 earnings guidance to $3.35 to $3.40 per diluted share, including fourth quarter earnings guidance of $1.94 to $1.99 per diluted share. Previous 2012 full-year guidance (provided on Aug. 8) was for earnings of $3.30 to $3.35 per share, and compares to initial guidance of $3.25 to $3.30 per diluted share provided at the beginning of the year. The guidance does not give effect to expenses associated with the debt tender offer announced on Oct. 29, the amount of which will depend upon the amount and series of notes purchased and presently cannot be determined. As reported in the October sales news release issued on Nov. 1, the company has raised its guidance for same-store sales growth in the second half of 2012 to approximately 4 percent (from previous guidance of up approximately 3.7 percent). This calculates to guidance for same-store sales in the fourth quarter to grow by approximately 4.2 percent, and for full-year 2012 sales to grow by 3.9 percent. This compares with guidance provided at the beginning of the year for 2012 same-store sales to be up by approximately 3.5 percent. Macy’s, Inc., with corporate offices in Cincinnati and New York, is one of the nation’s premier retailers, with fiscal 2011 sales of $26.4 billion. The company operates about 840 department stores in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico under the names of Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s, as well as the macys.com and bloomingdales.com websites. The company also operates 12 Bloomingdale’s Outlet stores.