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Children's Place third quarter profit beats market by a penny

By
Reuters
Published
Nov 19, 2009

Nov 19 (Reuters) - Promotions and tighter cost controls helped Children's Place Retail Stores Inc (PLCE.O) beat market estimates by a penny, even as the company brought in more merchandise to prepare for the holiday selling season.

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Earlier this month, Children's Place had topped October comparable sales estimates, and also reported sales of $463.2 million, a 3 percent increase over last year.

For the third quarter, Children's Place -- which rivals Gymboree Corp (GYMB.O) and Gap Inc's (GPS.N) Baby Gap line among others -- earned $37.8 million, or $1.37 share, compared with $24.1 million, or 81 cents a share, in the year-ago quarter.

Income from continuing operations was $1.38 a share. Analysts on average were expecting a profit of $1.37 cents a share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

At the end of the quarter, inventory per square foot increased 3 percent at the Secaucus, New Jersey-based company's stores, while selling, general and administrative costs fell 6 percent to $118.6 million.

Children's Place shares closed at $34.87 Wednesday 18 November on Nasdaq. (Reporting by Nivedita Bhattacharjee in Bangalore; Editing by Pradeep Kurup)

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