* Q4 adj EPS $0.26 vs est $0.22
* Q4 revenue up 30 pct to $239.8 mln
* Backlog rises 29 pct
* Sees steel price, Canadian dollar pressure margins
* Shares up as much as 17 pct
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Feb 4 Knoll Inc's (KNL.N) quarterly results
beat Wall Street on strong sales of its 'Generation by Knoll'
work chairs, sending its shares up as much as 17 percent, but
the office furniture maker said rising commodity prices and a
strong Canadian dollar could dent full-year margins.
Orders for the company's best-selling 'Generation by Knoll'
work chairs rose 72 percent in the quarter, mainly from
"Innovative new designs drove better-than-industry growth
and the highest operating margins and backlog since the end of
2008," CEO Andrew Cogan said in a statement.
Knoll and its peers Steelcase Inc (SCS.N) and Herman Miller
(MLHR.O) are seeing signs of recovery, as they reported
quarterly results above Street, after being hit by weak demand
and corporate downsizing in the economic downturn.
According to a U.S. Labor Department report, 115,000
white-collar jobs were added to the private sector in December,
up from 84,000 in November.
Backlog as of Dec. 31 rose about 29 percent to $196.6
million as government orders increased in the second half.
It expects substantial government shipments to continue
into the first quarter.
Greenville, Pennsylvania-based Knoll's fourth-quarter sales
in Europe outpaced that in North America.
Q4 BEATS STREET
Excluding items, the company earned 26 cents a share. [ID:
The company's shares, which jumped as much as 17 percent,
pared some gains to trade up 13 percent at $19.20 on Friday
morning on the New York Stock Exchange.
The stock has gained 6 percent in value since the company
reported third-quarter results on Oct. 15.
(Reporting by Soham Chatterjee in Bangalore; Editing by
Unnikrishnan Nair, Vyas Mohan)