* Posts net loss of $2 million.
* Q4 adjusted EPS of 43 cts, versus Wall St est 44 cts
* Revenue up 1.5 percent, same-store sales rose 4.1 pct
NEW YORK, Feb 11 Group 1 Automotive Inc (GPI.N)
posted a quarterly operating profit and its first increase in
same-store sales in years, the U.S. auto dealership group said
Group 1 posted a net loss of $2 million, or 8 cents a
share, compared to a loss of $57.4 million, or $2.52 per share,
a year earlier.
On an operating basis and excluding one-time items, the
auto retailer had a profit of 43 cents a share. That was a
penny shy of analysts' expectations of 44 cents a share,
according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
Total revenue rose 1.5 percent to $1.15 billion. Sales at
stores open more than one year rose 4.1 percent.
Analysts had expected revenue of $1.12 billion.
The company said that 38 percent of its new car sales in
the fourth quarter came from Toyota Motor Corp. (7203.T) .
(Reporting by Franklin Paul, editing by Dave Zimmerman)