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Ahold Reports Sharp Fall in 2Q Profits

BY CSA STAFF

Amsterdam, Netherlands Royal Ahold NV reported a sharp fall in second-quarter earnings Thursday after selling operations in the same period a year ago.

Operationally, the company suffered from shrinking margins on both sides of the Atlantic as it spent more on advertising and special bargains to attract increasingly price-sensitive shoppers.

Net profit was 338 million euros ($497 million), down from 2.23 billion euros.

Net sales were down 0.8% to 5.78 billion euros ($8.50 billion).

Sales grew more than 10% in Europe and less than 5% in the United States, where it owns the Stop & Shop and Giant chains.

Meanwhile, operating earnings fell 14% to 235 million euros ($345 million).

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Dollar Tree reports 2Q EPS growth

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CHESAPEAKE, Va. Dollar Tree reported net earnings per diluted share of 42 cents, for the fiscal second quarter ended Aug. 2, an increase of 27.3% over the 33 cents earnings per diluted share for the same period, one year ago. Sales for the quarter were $1.093 billion, a 12.5% increase compared to $971.2 million, for the same period, one year ago. Comparable-store sales increased 6.5% for the quarter.

Our performance in the second quarter demonstrates the growing relevance of Dollar Tree to the consumer during tough economic times, said president and ceo Bob Sasser. Increased demand for basic, consumable product is driving more customers into our stores, resulting in higher operating margin and earnings in the second quarter. 

The company estimates sales for the third quarter of 2008 to be in the range of $1.075 to $1.105 billion, based on low-to-low-mid single digit positive comparable-store sales. Based upon this sales forecast, diluted earnings per share are estimated to be in the range of 40 cents to 43 cents.

Full year sales are now forecasted to be in the range of $4.61 to $4.68 billion, based on low-to-low-mid single digit positive comparable-store sales for the full year. Based upon this sales forecast, diluted earnings per share are expected to be $2.33 to $2.43.

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Gander Mountain cuts 2Q loss

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ST. PAUL, Minn. Gander Mountain reported sales of $252.9 million for the quarter ended Aug. 2, an increase of 16.8% over the prior year period. Comparable-store sales decreased 11.7% in the second quarter. The 2008 period includes $39.7 million in revenue due to the expansion of the company’s direct marketing business through Overton’s.

Net loss for the second quarter was $4.9 million, or 20 cents per share, compared to a net loss of $9.7 million, or 48 cents per share, in the second quarter of fiscal 2007.

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