Oct 29, 2009
Bare Escentuals third quarter tops market, shares rise
Oct 29, 2009
Oct 29 (Reuters) - Cosmetics maker Bare Escentuals Inc (BARE.O) posted a bigger-than-expected quarterly profit helped by higher sales in its North American retail segment and lower cost of goods, sending its shares up 8 percent.
The company, which sells skin care and body care products under the bareMinerals, RareMinerals and its namesake brands, earned $22.6 million, or 24 cents a share, for the quarter compared with 22.9 million, or 25 cents a share, a year ago.
Sales at San Francisco-based Bare Escentuals, which rolled out its first retail store in 1976 but went public only 30 years later, rose 4 percent to $135.7 million.
Analysts on average had expected a profit of 21 cents a share, before items, on revenue of $131.6 million, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
Earlier in the day, larger rival Elizabeth Arden Inc (RDEN.O) posted a surprising quarterly profit citing improved sales trends at duty-free shops and more favorable foreign currency rates.
Bare Escentuals shares rose by $1.01 to $13.50 in extended trading. They closed at $12.49 Thursday 29 October on Nasdaq. (Reporting by Vidya Lakshmi in Bangalore; Editing by Gopakumar Warrier)
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