Big Lots (NYSE: BIG) is expected to report Q2 earnings around Aug. 8. Here's what Wall Street wants to see:

The 10-second takeaway
Comparing the upcoming quarter to the prior-year quarter, average analyst estimates predict Big Lots's revenues will expand 6.2% and EPS will drop 18%.

The average estimate for revenue is $1.24 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.41.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Big Lots booked revenue of $1.29 billion. GAAP reported sales were 5.5% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.23 billion.

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Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

EPS details
Last quarter, non-GAAP EPS came in at $0.68. GAAP EPS of $0.63 for Q1 were 10% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.70 per share.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

Recent performance
For the preceding quarter, gross margin was 40.0%, 30 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 5.8%, 120 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 3.1%, 120 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
The full year's average estimate for revenue is $5.58 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.30.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 361 members out of 450 rating the stock outperform, and 89 members rating it underperform. Among 104 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 75 give Big Lots a green thumbs-up, and 29 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Big Lots is outperform, with an average price target of $45.55.