Bed Bath & Beyond Shares Whacked After Sales Miss

Shares of home retailer Bed Bath & Beyond were down as much as 6% on Thursday after the company’s third quarter sales missed expectations.

In the company’s fiscal third quarter ending November 29, sales total $US2.94 billion, missing Wall Street expectations for sales of $US2.97 billion. 

On a same-store sales basis, sales rose 1.7% during the quarter, better than the 1.3% increase seen during the same quarter last year. Year-to-date same-store sales are up 1.9% against 2.7% for the same period a year ago. 

The company’s third quarter profit and outlook for the rest of the year, however, beat expectations. Bed Bath & Beyond earned $US1.23 per share in the quarter, better than the $US1.19 expected by analysts, and said that in its current quarter earnings per share would total $US1.78-$US1.83 against expectations for earnings of $US1.80. 

For the fiscal year, Bed Bath & Beyond sees earnings per share coming in between $US5.05-$US5.09, roughly in-line with Wall Street estimates.

Bed Bath & Beyond said that in December the company completed the $US1 billion accelerated share repurchase plan it announced back in July. 

On Thursday shares of the retailer rose 1.6% amid a broad market rally that saw the Dow gain more than 320 points ahead of Friday’s December jobs report. 

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