BBB Posts Gains in Net Earnings in 3Q, Year to Date

UNION, N.J. - Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. on recently reported its third-quarter results, which were highlighted by a 28% increase in net earnings to $228.5 million, or 95 cents per diluted share, versus $118.6 million, or 74 cents per diluted share, in the year-ago period.
     Also in the quarter, which ended Nov. 26, net sales grew 6.8% to $2.344 billion compared to last year's $2.194 billion, and comparable store sales were up 4.1%.
     Year to date, the company reported a 33% jump in net earnings to $638.5 million, or $2.60 per diluted share, over $507.9 million, or $1.95 per diluted share.
     Net sales in the first nine months of the fiscal year anted 8.2% to $6.768 billion from $6.254 billion a year ago, and comparable store sales increased by 5.5%.
     BBB said that it is now modeling net earnings per diluted share to be approximately $1.28 to $1.33 for the fiscal fourth quarter of 2011 and approximately $3.86 to $3.92 for all of fiscal 2011.

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