* Q2 adj EPS $0.20 vs Wall Street $0.17
* Raises FY profit view, still could miss Street estimate
* Shares fall 2.2 pct in premarket trading
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CHICAGO, Aug 12 Macy's Inc (M.N) posted a
better-than-expected quarterly profit on Wednesday as it cut
costs in the recession, but the department store operator's
shares fell 2.2 percent in premarket trading as it offered a
full-year earnings outlook that could miss Wall Street
Macy's net profit fell to $7 million, or 2 cents a share,
in the second quarter ended Aug. 1, from $73 million, or 17
cents a share, a year earlier.
Excluding one-time items, it earned 20 cents a share, above
the 17 cents analysts polled by Reuters Estimates had
"We successfully lowered inventories and managed expenses
to align more closely with current levels of business," Macy's
CEO Terry Lundgren said in a statement.
Earlier in August, Macy's had said it expected a profit
before one-time items in the range of 15 to 17 cents a share,
above the 5 cents analysts had forecast at the time.
Second-quarter sales fell 9.7 percent to $5.16 billion.
Same-store sales fell 9.5 percent.
The company said it now expects to earn 70 cents to 80
cents a share for the year excluding one-time items, up from
its prior forecast of 40 to 55 cents a share. However, analysts
were already expecting 80 cents.
Shares of Macy's fell to $15.12 in premarket trading from
Tuesday's closing price of $15.47 on the New York Stock
(Reporting by Ben Klayman, editing by Gerald E. McCormick)