Genesco Inc. reported earnings from continuing operations for the third quarter ended November 2, 2013, of $27.8 million, or $1.18 per diluted share, compared to earnings from continuing operations of $42.2 million, or $1.76 per diluted share, for the third quarter ended October 27, 2012.
Fiscal 2014 third quarter results reflect pretax items of $8.5 million, or $0.25 per diluted share after tax, including $4.0 million of expenses related to the change in accounting for deferred bonuses under the Company's EVA Incentive Plan announced by the Company in September 2013, $3.0 million of expenses related to deferred purchase price payments in connection with the acquisition of Schuh Group Limited which are required to be expensed as compensation because the payment is contingent upon the payees' continued employment, and $1.5 million for network intrusion expenses, asset impairment charges and other legal matters.
Fiscal 2013 third quarter results reflect net pretax items of $1.5 million, or $0.08 per diluted share after tax, including a reduction in expenses of $1.8 million related to the change in accounting for deferred bonuses under the EVA Incentive Plan offset by compensation expense related to deferred purchase price payments in connection with the acquisition of Schuh Group Limited, asset impairments and other legal matters, decreased by tax rate adjustments of $0.40 per diluted share.
Adjusted for the items described above in both periods, earnings from continuing operations were $33.8 million, or $1.43 per diluted share, for the third quarter of Fiscal 2014, compared to earnings from continuing operations of $34.5 million, or $1.44 per diluted share, for the third quarter of Fiscal 2013.
For consistency with Fiscal 2014's previously announced earnings expectations and with previously reported adjusted results for the prior year period, the Company believes that the disclosure of the results from continuing operations adjusted for these items will be useful to investors. A reconciliation of earnings and earnings per share from continuing operations in accordance with U.S.
Net sales for the third quarter of Fiscal 2014 increased 0.3% to $666.3 million from $664.5 million in the third quarter of Fiscal 2013. Comparable store sales in the third quarter of Fiscal 2014 decreased by 1% for the Company, with a 5% increase in the Lids Sports Group, a 2% decrease in the Journeys Group, a 10% decrease in the Schuh Group, and a 7% increase in the Johnston & Murphy Group.