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United Continental’s (NYSE:UAL) operational results for October 2012 showed that traffic (measured in revenue passenger miles) fell 3.3% while available capacity (measured as available seat miles) dropped 4.4% on a year-on-year basis. However, revenue per available seat mile increased by approximately 0.5%-1.5% over the same period. Superstorm Sandy cost the company about $90 million in revenue and roughly $35 million in profits during October. The airline was forced to cancel nearly 5300 flights due to the storm.
Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) kicked off competitive jockeying in the holiday-buying wars by moving up the start of its holiday special season to 8 PM on Thanksgiving Day. The move marks the earliest ever opening for Black Friday deals: last year the deals started at 10 PM.
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Kohl’s (NYSE:KSS) reports third quarter EPS of $0.91 which beats estimates by $0.04 on revenues of $4.5 billion, which are up 2.6% year-on-year. Gross margins are under pressure and fall 50 bps to 38.1%. Same-store sales during the quarter are up 1.1% on an annual basis. Issues guidance for fourth quarter EPS at $2.00-$2.08, and full-year EPS of $4.52-$4.60. The company declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.32 per share. The share purchase program is boosted to $3.5 billion.
Dean Foods (NYSE:DF) reports third quarter EPS of $0.33 which beats by $0.05 on in-line revenues of $3.14 billion, which are up 8.8% year-on-year.Gregg Engles, Chairman of Dean Foods: “Today we announced our fifth consecutive quarter of growth, with all of our operating segments continuing to perform well.” Forward outlook for full year 2012 EPS is improved to $1.27-$1.32.
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