Kirkland's Inc. (NASDAQ:KIRK), a retailer of home décor and gifts, said quarterly profit nearly halved as sales fell, and the company guided full-year sales below Wall Street projections.
Earnings fell to $1.2 million or 6 cents per share for the third quarter from $2.3 million or 11 cents per share in the corresponding period of last year, the Jackson, Tennessee-based company said.
Net sales fell 4.5 percent to $97.1 million, while comparable store sales declined 3.6 percent.
Analysts, on average, polled by Thomson Reuters expected the company to earn 3 cents per share on sales of $94.1 million.
Looking ahead for the fourth quarter, Kirkland's sees expects earnings per share in the range of 65 cents 70 cents, on sales between $142 million and $145 million. Analysts expect earnings of 68 cents per share on sales of $150.6 million. The company anticipates a fall in comparable store sales of 2 percent to 5 percent.
For the full year, the company expects earnings per share in the range of 84 cents to 89 cents, on sales of $423 million to $426 million. Analysts expect earnings of 83 cents per share on sales of $430.7 million.
KIRK shares, which have been trading in the 52-week range between $7.69 and $16.23, ended Thursday's regular trading session 2.5 percent higher at $13.41.