Target tames global supply backups; sales surge 13.2% in Q3

Target delivered another stellar quarter of strong results, defying a slew of challenges from inflationary pressures to congested ports

NEW YORK — Target delivered another stellar quarter of strong results, defying a slew of challenges from inflationary pressures to congested ports.

Third-quarter profits rose nearly 47%, while sales were up 13.2%, both exceeding expectations, and the Minneapolis company raised projections for fourth-quarter comparable store sales.

Target joins Walmart in delivering strong fiscal third-quarter results as it used its clout to plow through snarled supply chains that have led to higher costs. The biggest U.S. retailers are rerouting goods to less congested ports, even chartering their own vessels. Target and Walmart are using their scale to keep prices low, compared to rivals and perhaps most importantly, keeping its shelves full when so much is in short supply.

On Wednesday, Target said that inventory levels rose 20% compared with the same period last year.

Online comparable sales jumped 29% compared to a blistering 155% increase a year ago when shoppers were focusing online.

Net income rose to $1.49 billion, or $3.04 per share, from $1.01 billion, or $2.01 per share, last year. Adjusted earnings per share for the recent quarter was $3.03, far exceeding the $2.82 per share Wall Street had been expecting, according to a survey by FactSet.

Sales reached $25.29 billion in the quarter, topping last year’s $22.34 billion in the year-ago period and also the expectations of industry analysts.

The company now expects that same-store sales for the fourth quarter will be up in the high single digit to low double-digit percentage range, up from the previous guidance for a high-single digit increase.

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