* Fourth-quarter earnings per share $0.73 vs est $0.71
* Fourth-quarter revenue up 10.5 pct to $4.73 billion
* Sees FY 2013 earnings per share view $2.52-$2.60 vs est
* Shares up 2 percent in extended trading
Feb 28 Gap Inc's fourth-quarter profit
beat estimates, helped by higher comparable store sales in North
America and the apparel retailer raised its dividend for this
year by 20 percent to 60 cents.
The company's shares rose 2 percent in extended trading.
The company, which owns the Gap, Old Navy and Banana
Republic brands, forecast a full-year profit largely below
analysts' estimates, hurt by a weak Japanese yen.
Gap expects a per-share profit of between $2.52 and $2.60
for the year, compared to the average $2.59 per share analysts
were looking for according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
After years of being accused of selling boring clothes, Gap
has regained an edge in fashion, following a prolonged
turnaround that included a change in its top management.
Operating margin is expected to grow to about 13 percent in
2013 from about 12 percent last year, Chief Executive Glenn
Murphy said on a conference call.
QUARTER BEATS STREET
Gap, the third biggest clothes retailer in the world, posted
net income of $351 million, or 73 cents per share, for the
quarter ended Feb. 2, compared with $218 million, or 44 cents
per share, in the same quarter last year.
Gross margin for the quarter rose 4.8 percentage points to
Analysts on average had expected a profit of 71 cents per
Sales rose 10.5 percent to $4.73 billion, while same-store
sales were up 5 percent.
During the fourth-quarter, sales at established North
American stores rose 4 percent for its namesake brand and 3
percent for Banana Republic brand. Sales at Old Navy stores rose
8 percent, the company said.
Shares of the company, which have risen more than 40 percent
in one year, closed at $32.92 on Thursday on the New York Stock