(Filed Under Financial and General Interest News). Destination Maternity Corporation reported third quarter earnings of $6.8 million compared to a $4.1 million income during last year's third quarter, a 64 percent increase. These results exceeded the company's prior guidance. However, net sales decreased 6.4 percent to $142.5 million from $152.2 million. Comparable store sales dropped 5.5 percent compared to an increase of 2.4 percent.
Ed Krell, chief executive officer of Destination Maternity, attributed the company's increase in income to the business strategies it has employed during the recession.
"As we have noted previously, we have taken aggressive actions to manage our business in this tough environment," Krell remarked. "With our tight management of expenditures and inventory, we were able to continue to reduce expenses and were able to control markdown levels while operating the business with significantly lower inventory levels versus last year, resulting in better than planned gross margin performance and lower than planned expenses."
Destination Maternity operates the A Pea In The Pod, Destination Maternity, Motherhood Maternity and Edamame The Maternity Spa brands.
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