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Abercrombie & Fitch Earnings Beat Has ANF Stock Soaring

Same-store sales fell a worrying 8% during the quarter


Abercrombie and FitchOn Wednesday, apparel retailer Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) topped Wall Street estimates despite a sharply lower quarterly profit, sending ANF stock up almost 6% in morning trading.

Abercrombie & Fitch said it earned $66.1 million during the fourth quarter, a drop of 58% from $157.2 million during the year-ago period. Adjusted EPS came in at $1.34 a share, easily exceeding the adjusted earnings of $1.03 a share that analysts had forecast, the Wall Street Journal notes.

CEO Mike Jeffries Replaced as Abercrombie & Fitch Chairman
CEO Mike Jeffries Replaced as Abercrombie & Fitch Chairman

During the quarter, Abercrombie & Fitch reported sales of $1.3 billion, down 12% from the prior-year quarter. Same store sales dropped 8% during the quarter.

Abercrombie & Fitch said the implementation of its cost-savings program would result in cost reductions of at least $175 million during the current fiscal year.

The retailer also authorized a $150 million share buyback that will occur during the first quarter.

ANF stock closed at $35.99 on Tuesday. Abercrombie & Fitch stock has sunk about 20% over the past year due to disappointing sales and a loss of popularity among young consumers.

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