Publish date: Sees Fourth-Quarter Sales Shortfall


expects to beat Wall Street's fourth-quarter bottom line estimates, but forecast a shortfall in sales.

Shares of Egghead, which is based in Menlo Park, Calif., were down 16 cents, or 12.8%, to $1.06 in recent

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Egghead said it should post a loss of 23 cents to 25 cents in the fourth quarter, well above the $1.05 loss the company tallied in the year-ago period. Two analysts polled by

First Call/Thomson Financial

were calling for Egghead to lose 41 cents in the quarter. The company projected revenue of $91 million to $93 million, below expectations, citing softening consumer demand.

The online computer products retailer said it expects to reach profitability in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2001.