Williams-Sonoma profit tops estimates
March 19 (Reuters) - U.S. home goods chain Williams-Sonoma Inc reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, boosted by fewer discounts and strong online sales in the holiday season.
The operator of Williams-Sonoma cookware stores and the Pottery Barn furnishings chain said it fourth-quarter net earnings rose to $133.7 million, or $1.34 a share, from $122.6 million, or $1.17 a share, a year earlier.
Analysts were looking for a profit of $1.29 a share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
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