Dublin, California, August 22, 2019 -- Ross Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq: ROST) today reported earnings per share for the second quarter ended August 3, 2019 of $1.14, up from $1.04 last year. Net earnings grew to $413 million, compared to $389 million in the prior year. Sales rose 6% to $4.0 billion, with comparable store sales up 3% on top of last year’s strongest quarterly comparison of 5%.
For the six months ended August 3, 2019, earnings per share were $2.29, up from $2.15 last year. Net earnings were $834 million versus $808 million in the first half of 2018. Sales for the first six months of 2019 rose 6% to $7.8 billion, with comparable store sales up 2% versus a 4% gain for the first half of 2018. Both the second quarter and year-to-date earnings results include an approximate $.02 per share benefit from favorable timing of expenses that are expected to reverse in the second half.
Barbara Rentler, Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We delivered respectable gains in both sales and earnings for the second quarter. While our Ladies business continued to trail the chain, trends in this important area showed some improvement during the period. Operating margin of 13.7% was better than expected, mainly due to favorable timing of expenses that are expected to reverse in the second half.”
Ms. Rentler continued, “During the second quarter and first six months of fiscal 2019, we repurchased 3.2 million and 6.6 million shares of common stock, respectively, for an aggregate price of $320 million in the quarter and $640 million year-to-date. As planned, we expect to buy back a total of $1.275 billion in common stock during fiscal 2019.”
The following information was filed by Ross Stores Inc (ROST) on Thursday, August 22, 2019 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-Q Quarterly Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.
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Form Type: 10-Q Quarterly Report Accession Number: 0000745732-19-000037 Submitted to the SEC: Tue Sep 10 2019 1:50:17 PM EST Accepted by the SEC: Wed Sep 11 2019 Period: Saturday, August 3, 2019 Industry: Retail Family Clothing Stores