Saks Owner Hudson Bay Posts Smaller Loss

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Canadian department store operator Hudson's Bay Co posted a smaller quarterly loss, helped by higher same-store sales, its purchase of U.S. upscale retailer Saks Inc last year and lower acquisition-related finance costs.

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Same-store sales at the company's stores, including Hudson's Bay outlets and its U.S.-based Lord & Taylor chain, rose 1.7 percent in the third quarter ended Nov. 1.

Comparable sales at Saks Off 5th outlets rose 19.2 percent, while those at Saks Fifth Avenue stores increased 1 percent.

Hudson's Bay said its net loss from continuing operations narrowed to C$13 million ($11.4 million), or 7 Canadian cents per share, from C$126 million, or C$1.05 per share, a year earlier.

Retail sales nearly doubled to C$1.91 billion.

Acquisition-related finance costs plunged to C$12 million from C$123 million.

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Hudson's Bay also maintained its 2014 forecasts for sales and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization.

The company outlined a $1.25 billion refinancing plan last month to reduce interest payments on debt it took on after buying Saks. Hudson's Bay bought Saks for $2.4 billion and assumed $500 million of the U.S. company's debt.

The Canadian retailer's shares closed at C$23.49 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Monday.

Up to Monday's close, the stock had risen 51 percent from its near two-year low of C$15.53 hit on Feb. 7. ($1 = C$1.15) (Reporting by Solarina Ho in Toronto and Ashutosh Pandey in Bengaluru; Editing by Kirti Pandey)