Philadelphia, Deb Shops Inc. reported preliminary fourth-quarter net income of $10.6 million, up 23.3% from the same quarter the year before. The improvement was supported by a 2.4% gain in sales to $82.6 million. For the year, Deb Shops posted a 39.8% gain in net income to $17.9 million and a 1.7% lift in net sales to $303.8 million.
In other earnings news, Dayton, Ohio-based consumer electronics retailer Rex Stores Corp. posted net income of $16.8 million in its recently completed fourth quarter, down 1.7% from the year before. Sales fell 4% to $125.4 million in the quarter, due in part to a 2% dip in same-store sales. For the year, the retailer’s income remained flat at $27.5 million. Sales declined 3.5% to $391.3 million on same-store sales shrinkage of 2%.