* Sees Q3 EPS $1.25-$1.29 vs est $1.25
* Q2 EPS $1.15 vs est $1.14
* Q2 rev $1.56 bln vs est $1.57 bln
* Says operating margin rose by 56 basis points
July 25 U.S. auto parts retailer O'Reilly
Automotive Inc on Wednesday reported a rise in
second-quarter profit as operating margins increased, and
forecast third-quarter earnings that slightly topped Wall Street
The Springfield, Missouri-based company forecast earnings
per share of $1.25 to $1.29 for the third quarter, compared with
analysts' average forecast of $1.25 per share in a Thomson
Reuters I/B/E/S poll.
It expects comparable store sales, which are sales at stores
open for at least a year, to increase 1 percent to 3 percent
during the three-month period.
For the second quarter, O'Reilly reported earnings of $146
million, or $1.15 per share, compared with a profit of $134
million, or 96 cents per share, a year earlier. Revenue rose 5
percent to $1.56 billion.
Analysts on average expected a profit of $1.14 per share, on
revenue of $1.57 billion.
Its operating margin rose by 56 basis points to 15.6
Comparable store sales increased 2.5 percent in the second
quarter, although that was slower than an increase of 4.4
percent reported a year earlier.
The company's shares closed at $90.10 on Wednesday on the