Williams-Sonoma profit tops estimates

March 19 Tue Mar 19, 2013 4:30pm EDT

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.