Limited Brands (NYSE: LTD) is expected to report Q3 earnings on Aug. 15. 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 Limited Brands' revenues will wane -6.8%.

The average estimate for revenue is $2.03 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.25.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Limited Brands tallied revenue of $2.40 billion. GAAP reported sales were 2.8% lower than the prior-year quarter's $2.22 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, EPS came in at $0.41. GAAP EPS of $0.41 for Q2 were 18% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.50 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 41.9%, 390 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 13.6%, 380 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 5.8%, 160 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
The full year's average estimate for revenue is $10.37 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.85.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 564 members out of 666 rating the stock outperform, and 102 members rating it underperform. Among 214 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 193 give Limited Brands a green thumbs-up, and 21 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Limited Brands is outperform, with an average price target of $49.35.

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