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Things Are Dull at Dillard's
By Ryan Fuhrmann, CFA
May 23, 2006

In one of the unique reporting times, Dillard's (NYSE: DDS) unexpectedly released earnings Saturday at about noon. Sales for the first quarter were basically flat at $1.84 billion versus the $1.8 billion reported in 2005. Net income rose an impressive 67% to $0.77 from $0.46 per diluted share, well ahead of consensus estimates of $0.56. Same-store sales were up 2% and the gross margin improved 70 basis points quarter over quarter because of a higher-margin merchandise mix. Also, inventories were down.....
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