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Bed Bath & Beyond Q4'FY14 net sales fall 5.8%
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Apr '14
Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. reported net earnings of $1.60 per diluted share ($333.3 million) in the fiscal fourth quarter (thirteen weeks) ended March 1, 2014, compared with net earnings for the fiscal fourth quarter of 2012 (fourteen weeks) of $1.68 per diluted share ($373.9 million).  
 
Net sales for the fiscal fourth quarter of 2013 (thirteen weeks) were approximately $3.203 billion, a decrease of approximately 5.8% from net sales of approximately $3.401 billion reported in the fiscal fourth quarter of 2012 (fourteen weeks).  
 
Comparable store sales in the fiscal fourth quarter of 2013 increased by approximately 1.7%, compared with an increase of approximately 2.5% in last year's fiscal fourth quarter. Comparable store sales percentages are calculated based on an equivalent number of weeks for each quarter.
 
During the fiscal fourth quarter of 2013, the Company repurchased approximately $532 million of its common stock, representing approximately 7.5 million shares.  As of March 1, 2014, the remaining balance of the existing share repurchase program authorized in December 2012 was approximately $1.1 billion. 
 
Highlights:
- Net Earnings per Diluted Share of $1.60 for Q4; $4.79 for Full Year
- Quarterly Comparable Store Sales Increase by Approximately 1.7%
- Modeling Fiscal First Quarter 2014 Net Earnings per Diluted Share of Approximately $.92 to $.96
- Modeling Fiscal 2014 Net Earnings per Diluted Share to Increase by a Mid-Single Digit Percentage
 
For the fiscal year (fifty-two weeks) ended March 1, 2014, the Company reported net earnings of $4.79 per diluted share ($1.022 billion), compared with net earnings a year ago (fifty-three weeks) of $4.56 per diluted share ($1.038 billion). 
 
The fiscal 2013 results included a reduction of approximately $.06 to $.07 per diluted share as a result of the disruptive weather in the fiscal fourth quarter, and the fiscal 2012 results were negatively impacted by Hurricane Sandy in the fiscal third quarter and included a benefit of approximately $.05 per diluted share as a result of an additional week in the fiscal fourth quarter.  
 
Net sales for fiscal 2013 (fifty-two weeks) were approximately $11.504 billion, an increase of approximately 5.4% from net sales of approximately $10.915 billion in fiscal 2012 (fifty-three weeks). Comparable store sales for fiscal 2013 increased by approximately 2.4% compared with an increase of approximately 2.7% last year.  Comparable store sales are calculated based on an equivalent number of weeks for each annual period. 
 
The Company is modeling net earnings per diluted share to be approximately $.92 to $.96 for the fiscal first quarter of 2014, and to increase by a mid-single digit percentage for all of fiscal 2014.  
 

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