Nordstrom Holiday Profit And Sales Disappoint, Shares Fall 6%

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Nordstrom Inc. reported profit and sales for the holiday quarter that lagged analysts' expectations Thursday, and shares fell more than 6%. The retail chain said it earned net income of $180 million, or $1 a share, on total sales of $4.14 billion; analysts surveyed by FactSet, on average, expected profit of $1.20 a share on sales of $4.22 billion. The company's forecast also held bad news for investors, as Nordstrom said earnings will fall about 30% in the first half of the year partly due to expansion costs and the sale of its credit-card portfolio. The company's forecast for full-year 2016 earnings was a range of $3.10 a share to $3.35 a share, while FactSet's analyst survey predicted $3.58 a share. Shares fell to less than $49.50 in late trading Thursday after closing with a 0.9% gain at $52.70.

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