GREENVILLE, S.C., Nov. 14, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Delta Apparel, Inc. (NYSE MKT:DLA) today announced select preliminary financial results for its fiscal fourth quarter ended October 1, 2016. The Company will report its full fourth quarter and fiscal year-end results on November 29, 2016, before the market opens. All of the Company's businesses, with the exception of Junkfood, experienced sales growth during the quarter, with overall gross margins continuing to expand in both the basics and branded segments. The prior year fourth quarter included 14 weeks of sales due to falling within a 53-week fiscal year, while the current year fourth quarter included 13 weeks. Sales for the 13-week fiscal 2016 fourth quarter were $114.4 million, compared to $120.2 million in the prior year 14-week fourth quarter. Adjusting for the additional week in the prior year, net sales in the fiscal 2016 fourth quarter exceeded those in the comparable 2015 period by 2.5%. The Company completed its manufacturing realignment during the quarter as planned and at a slightly lower cost than originally expected. After adjusting for the impact of the manufacturing realignment, earnings per diluted share in the quarter are expected to be in the range of $0.38 to $0.40, compared with $0.53 per share in the prior year quarter. Operating margins were on par with the previous year; however, the lack of an extra week of sales coupled with the unfavorable impact of tax expense in this year's quarter compared to a tax benefit in the prior year period, lowered diluted earnings by approximately $0.15 per share.