Aéropostale (NYSE: ARO) reported earnings on Nov. 28. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Oct. 27 (Q3), Aéropostale met expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.

Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew slightly and GAAP earnings per share grew.

Margins increased across the board.

Revenue details
Aéropostale recorded revenue of $605.9 million. The 20 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ wanted to see a top line of $600.4 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 1.6% higher than the prior-year quarter's $596.5 million.

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

EPS details
EPS came in at $0.31. The 24 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $0.29 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.31 for Q3 were 3.3% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.30 per share.

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

Margin details
For the quarter, gross margin was 27.9%, 80 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 7.0%, 30 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 4.1%, 10 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $848.2 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.54.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $2.43 billion. The average EPS estimate is $0.96.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 963 members out of 1,030 rating the stock outperform, and 67 members rating it underperform. Among 267 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 256 give Aéropostale a green thumbs-up, and 11 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Aéropostale is outperform, with an average price target of $17.44.

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