On Thursday, Nov. 16, clothing retailer The Buckle (NYSE:BKE) released fiscal third-quarter 2006 earnings for the period ended Oct. 28. Here are the quick and dirty details.

  • Sales grew 3.6% to $143.1 million, while same-store sales fell 0.1%.
  • Reported net income grew 6.5%, while earnings advanced 8.5% to $0.89 as the company repurchased 342,000 of its shares.
  • Results for the nine-month period were slightly lower as net sales grew 2.1%, comparable sales fell 2.1%, and net income grew 2.7%.

(Figures in thousands, except per-share data)

Income Statement Highlights

Q3 2006

Q3 2005

Change

Sales

$143,084

$138,067

3.6%

Net Profit

$17,661

$16,590

6.5%

EPS

$0.89

$0.82

8.5%

Diluted Shares

19,799

20,184

(1.9%)



Get back to basics with a look at the income statement.

Margin Checkup

Q3 2006

Q3 2005

Change*

Gross Margin

41%

40.7%

0.3

Operating Margin

18.1%

18.2%

(0.1)

Net Margin

12.3%

12%

0.3

*Expressed in percentage points

Margins are the earnings engine. See how they work.

Balance Sheet Highlights

Assets

Q3 2006

Q3 2005

Change

Cash + ST Invest.

$141,352

$118,032

19.8%

Accounts Rec.

$5,164

$3,262

58.3%

Inventory

$99,974

$101,336

(1.3%)


Liabilities

Q3 2006

Q3 2005

Change

Accounts Payable

$19,126

$16,853

13.5%

Long-Term Debt

$0

$0



Learn the ways of the balance sheet.

Cash Flow Highlights

Fools will have to wait until the Buckle files its 10-Q for the cash flow vitals.

Find out why Fools always follow the money.

Related Companies:

  • Urban Outfitters (NASDAQ:URBN)
  • Chico's (NYSE:CHS)
  • Pacific Sunwear (NASDAQ:PSUN)
  • Gap (NYSE:GPS)

Pacific Sunwear is a Stock Advisor pick, while Gap is both a Stock Advisor and an Inside Value recommendation.

Fool by Numbers is designed to give you the raw earnings information in a timely fashion, putting all the numbers you need in one easy-to-read place. But at The Motley Fool, we believe numbers tell only part of the story, so check Fool.com for more of our in-depth discussion of what the numbers mean.

Fool contributor Ryan Fuhrmann is long shares of Pacific Sunwear, but has no financial interest in any other company mentioned. Feel free to email him with feedback or to further discuss any companies mentioned. The Fool has an ironclad disclosure policy .