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Asia-Pacific sales boost Tiffany & Co. earnings

Manhattan-based Tiffany & Co. reported its third-quarter net

Manhattan-based Tiffany & Co. reported its third-quarter net income climbed 50 percent. The results reported by Tiffany are often seen as a barometer of overall luxury spending trends.( Nov. 24, 2013) Credit: Bloomberg

Tiffany & Co.'s third-quarter net income climbed 50 percent, buoyed by strong sales in the Asia-Pacific region.

Its performance topped Wall Street's expectations, and the luxury retailer Tuesday raised its full-year adjusted earnings forecast above analysts' estimates. Shares climbed almost 9 percent on the news.

Tiffany's results come as holiday shopping kicks into high gear later this week. The jewelry chain is considered a barometer of luxury spending. The latest results show that the affluent continue to spend, bolstered by a stock market that is reaching new highs.

"Despite the obvious economic and consumer uncertainties in some regions, our management team see great opportunities ahead of us," Jim Fernandez, Tiffany's executive vice president and chief operating officer, told investors.

Chairman and CEO Michael Kowalski said in a statement that shoppers are responding well to Tiffany's expanded fashion jewelry designs, which include the Atlas collection. He said the company is also experiencing improved sales of fine and statement jewelry, with particular strength in its yellow diamond collection.

Tiffany earned $94.6 million, or 73 cents per share, for the three months ended Oct. 31. That compares with $63.2 million, or 49 cents per share, a year ago.

Analysts polled by research firm FactSet expected earnings of 58 cents per share, on average.

Revenue for the New York company rose 7 percent to $911.5 million from $852.7 million, with Asia-Pacific sales up 27 percent. This topped the $888.4 million Wall Street predicted.

Sales in the Americas climbed 4 percent to $417 million, while European sales climbed 7 percent to $104 million. Sales in Japan fell 13 percent to $128 million, hurt by a weaker yen.

Revenue at stores open at least a year, a key indicator of a retailer's health, increased 7 percent. Analysts projected a 4.5 percent increase. This figure excludes results from stores recently opened or closed.

Tiffany now foresees fiscal 2013 adjusted earnings of $3.65 to $3.75 per share. Its prior guidance was for $3.50 to $3.60 per share.

Analysts expect full-year earnings of $3.62 per share.

Tiffany's shares have risen more than 40 percent so far this year.

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