Target just posted its strongest full-year sales growth in 13 years
- Target said Tuesday that last year saw the highest comparable sales growth since 2005.
- Its quarterly revenue just topped analysts' expectations, and earnings fell in-line with estimates.
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Target jumped in early trading Tuesday after the company said last year saw the strongest full-year comparable sales growth since before the financial crisis.
Here are Target's fourth-quarter earnings, compared with what analysts surveyed by Bloomberg were expecting:
- Revenue: $22.98 billion versus $22.95 billion expected.
- Adjusted earnings per share (EPS): $1.53 versus $1.53 expected.
Its comparable sales grew at a rate of 5% last year, and by 5.3% in the fourth-quarter. Total revenue for the fourth-quarter totaled nearly $23 billion, down slightly from the same period a year earlier.
Digital sales continue to be a fast-growing area for the retailer. Last year marked the fifth-straight year that Target reported comparable digital-sales growth of more than 25%.
Additionally, the company said it bought back $617 million in shares in the fourth-quarter.
At the end of the year, Target said, it had approximately $1.6 billion remaining under its current $5 billion share repurchase program.
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