Feb 27, 2013 at 9:14 am
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP) Target's fiscal fourth-quarter net income dipped 2 percent as it dealt with intense competition during the crucial holiday season. But its adjusted results beat analysts' estimates and it forecast first-quarter earnings above Wall Street's view.
Shares rose almost 2 percent in premarket trading Wednesday.
The Minneapolis-based company earned $961 million, or $1.47 per share, for the period ended Feb. 2. That's down from $981 million, or $1.45 per share, a year earlier.
Removing certain items, earnings were $1.65 per share. That tops analysts' forecast for earnings of $1.47 per share.
Revenue climbed 7 percent to $22.73 billion from $21.29 billion. This met Wall Street's expectations.
Target Corp. foresees first quarter adjusted earnings of $1.10 to $1.20 per share.
Analysts predict earnings of $1.05 per share.