Macy's, Inc. (NYSE:M) today reported diluted earnings per share of 5 cents in the third quarter of 2016 ended October 29, 2016. Excluding non-cash retirement plan settlement charges of $62 million, or 12 cents per diluted share (as described below), third quarter earnings per share were 17 cents. The company's earnings for the third quarter of 2016 compare with 36 cents per diluted share in the third quarter of 2015, or 56 cents per diluted share excluding asset impairment and other charges of $111 million, or 20 cents per diluted share, primarily related to store closings. The company also reaffirmed its previous earnings-per-share guidance and raised its sales guidance for full-year 2016. (Editor's Note: This morning, Macy's, Inc. also issued a separate news release announcing a strategic alliance with Brookfield Asset Management as part of its strategy to create increased value from its real estate portfolio.) Macy's, Inc.'s diluted earnings per share for the first three quarters of 2016 were 46 cents ($1.11 per share excluding asset impairment and other charges primarily related to upcoming store closings and non-cash retirement plan settlement charges, as described below), compared with diluted earnings per share of $1.56 in the same period last year ($1.76 per diluted share excluding asset impairment and other charges of $111 million primarily related to store closings). "The trends we saw in the third quarter give us confidence that we can deliver our expectations for the fourth quarter and our guidance for fiscal 2016. Our third quarter top line results were better than the first half of the year and our sales-driving initiatives continue to gain traction. Additionally, the strengthening trend across the apparel businesses, coupled with new initiatives like tech watches from Apple, Michael Kors and others, are good indicators for an improved performance in the fourth quarter," said Terry J. Lundgren, Macy's chairman and chief executive officer.