BOUNCEBACK: Abercrombie & Fitch Co. reported an unexpectedly strong 41 percent increase in its third-quarter net income and the teen retailer raised its full-year earnings guidance. Revenue rose 8 percent.
THE BACKGROUND: The company, based in New Albany, Ohio, had been struggling to sell its preppy jeans and T-shirts when fashion trends are shifting and a rough economy has left teens around the world on tighter budgets.
THE OUTLOOK: The latest results suggest that the company's efforts to fix its merchandise mix are gaining traction. But revenue at stores open at least a year, a key indicator of a retailer's health, fell 3 percent. Analysts surveyed by FactSet had expected a steeper 8.7 percent drop.