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Quarterly comparable store sales up at Bed Bath & Beyond
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Jun '11
Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. reported net earnings of $.72 per diluted share ($180.6 million) in the fiscal first quarter ended May 28, 2011, an increase of approximately 38% versus net earnings of $.52 per diluted share ($137.6 million) in the same quarter a year ago.

Net sales for the fiscal first quarter of 2011 were approximately $2.110 billion, an increase of approximately 9.7% from net sales of approximately $1.923 billion reported in the fiscal first quarter of 2010. Comparable store sales in the fiscal first quarter of 2011 increased by approximately 7.0%, compared with an increase of approximately 8.4% in last year's fiscal first quarter.

During the fiscal first quarter of 2011, the Company repurchased approximately $245 million of its common stock representing approximately 4.8 million shares. This included the completion of the $1 billion share repurchase program authorized in 2007. As of May 28, 2011, the balance remaining of the share repurchase program authorized in December 2010 was approximately $1.892 billion dollars.

The Company is now modeling net earnings per diluted share to be approximately $.77 to $.82 for the fiscal second quarter of 2011 and to increase by approximately 15% to 20% for all of fiscal 2011.

As of May 28, 2011, the Company had a total of 1,142 stores, including 984 Bed Bath & Beyond stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Canada, 66 Christmas Tree Shops stores, 47 buybuy BABY stores and 45 stores under the names of Harmon or Harmon Face Values. During the fiscal first quarter, the Company opened three Bed Bath & Beyond stores and two buybuy BABY stores and closed one Bed Bath & Beyond store and one Harmon store.

Consolidated store space as of May 28, 2011 was approximately 35.2 million square feet. Since the beginning of the second quarter of fiscal 2011 on May 29, 2011, one additional Bed Bath & Beyond store, one Christmas Tree Shops store and five buybuy BABY stores have been opened. In addition, the Company is a partner in a joint venture which operates two stores in the Mexico City market under the name "Home & More."

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