On Oct. 5, Wolverine World Wide (NYSE:WWW) released earnings for its 2005 third quarter, which ended Sept. 10.

  • Sales of $279.1 million fell a little short of Street expectations. But it didn't matter: EPS of $0.42 was up more than 12% over the last year's Q3 and also ahead of analyst estimates. Investors responded by bidding up the stock by more than 6%.
  • Gross margin saw notable improvement, but it's still a few points below Wolverine's major competitors.
  • Growth continued to slow sequentially, but the improving balance sheet -- the progress illustrated by a 26% reduction in long-term debt -- indicates good cash management. That could be good news for investors.

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