American Eagle Outfitters Shares Up on Profit Outlook

by Christopher Freeburn | August 22, 2012 12:40 pm

American Eagle Outfitters Shares Up on Profit Outlook

American Eagle Outfitters (NYSE:AEO[1]) announced on Wednesday that it earned $19.03 million during the second quarter[2], down 3% from $19.7 million in the same period last year.

The apparel maker and retailer recorded sales of $740 million, up 11% from 2011. Adjusted EPS for the quarter was 21 cents. That was in line with Wall Street forecasts, Reuters noted.

Shares of American Eagle Outfitters jumped more than 6% in Wednesday afternoon trading.

The company said that same-store sales increased 9% over last year. Company officials¬†projected full-year earnings of between $1.33 and $1.36 a share. That topped analysts’ forecasts for a profit of $1.32 a share for 2012.

Analysts noted that the company has introduced new clothing lines to appeal to teenagers, putting it in a competitive position as it enters the back-to-school shopping season.

It has been a mixed season for teen-oriented apparel makers. While the Gap (NYSE:GPS) announced second-quarter earnings that beat Wall Street predictions and raised its earnings outlook for the year[3], rivals Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE:ANF) and Aeropostale (NYSE:ARO[4]) predicted weak sales in coming quarters.

Endnotes:
  1. AEO: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=AEO
  2. during the second quarter: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/08/22/us-americaneagle-results-idUSBRE87L0ES20120822
  3. and raised its earnings outlook for the year: http://investorplace.com/2012/08/gap-tops-q2-earnings-revenue-forecasts/
  4. ARO: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=ARO

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