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Bed Bath & Beyond Q1'FY15 diluted EPS remains stable
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Jun '14
Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. reported net earnings of $.93 per diluted share ($187.1 million) in the fiscal first quarter ended May 31, 2014, compared with net earnings for the fiscal first quarter of 2013 of $.93 per diluted share ($202.5 million). 
 
Net sales for the fiscal first quarter of 2014 were approximately $2.657 billion, an increase of approximately 1.7% from net sales of approximately $2.612 billion reported in the fiscal first quarter of 2013.  Comparable sales in the fiscal first quarter of 2014 increased by approximately 0.4%, compared with an increase of approximately 3.4% in last year's fiscal first quarter.
 
Highlights:
-Net Earnings per Diluted Share of $.93
-Quarterly Net Sales Increase by Approximately 1.7%
-Quarterly Comparable Sales Increase by Approximately 0.4%
-Modeling Fiscal Second Quarter 2014 Net Earnings per Diluted Share of Approximately $1.08 to $1.16
-Continues to Model Fiscal 2014 Net Earnings per Diluted Share to Increase by a Mid-Single Digit Percentage
 
During the fiscal first quarter of 2014, the Company repurchased approximately $273 million of its common stock, representing approximately 4.2 million shares.  As of May 31, 2014, the remaining balance of the existing share repurchase program authorized in December 2012 was approximately $861 million. 
 
The Company is modeling net earnings per diluted share to be approximately $1.08 to $1.16 for the fiscal second quarter of 2014 and, consistent with the prior estimate, to increase by a mid-single digit percentage for all of fiscal 2014.  The modeling of net earnings per diluted share is based upon a number of assumptions which will be described in the Company's first quarter of fiscal 2014 conference call.
 
Cost Plus World Market was excluded from the comparable sales calculations through the end of the fiscal first half of 2013 and is included beginning with the fiscal third quarter of 2013.  Linen Holdings is excluded from the comparable sales calculations and will continue to be excluded on an ongoing basis because it represents non-retail activity. 
 
As of May 31, 2014, the Company had a total of 1,500 stores, including 1,015 Bed Bath & Beyond stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Canada, 266 stores under the names of World Market, Cost Plus World Market or Cost Plus, 91 buybuy BABY stores, 78 stores under the names of Christmas Tree Shops, Christmas Trees Shops andThat! or andThat!, and 50 stores under the names of Harmon or Harmon Face Values.  

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