TJX Companies Inc. (NYSE: TJX), an off-price apparel and home fashions retailer in the U.S. and worldwide, on Thursday reported strong sales results for the month of June. The company also raised its earnings forecast for the second quarter and full year, sending shares higher in trading on Thursday.
For the five-week period ended June 30, 2012, TJX reported a 9% increase in sales to $2.3 billion. The retailerâ€™s comparable store sales for the month of June rose 7%.
For the 22-week period ended June 30, 2012, the Framingham, Massachusetts-based company reported sales of $10 billion, representing an increase of 10% over the same period last year. Consolidated comparable store sales for the 22-week period rose 8%.
Carol Meyrowitz, CEO of TJX Companies, said that the companyâ€™s7% consolidated comparable store sales increase significantly exceeded its expectations and was achieved over 5% growth last year. Meyrowitz said that TJX is now expecting its second-quarter earnings per share to be in the range of $0.52-$0.53, which represents double-digit growth. The company had also achieved double-digit growth in earnings in last yearâ€™s second quarter.
For the full year, TJX Companies now expects earnings per share to be between $2.31 and $2.39.
TJX Companies shares rose sharply on Thursday as investors digested the companyâ€™s strong June sales results. TJX shares rose to a new 52-week high of $44.63 on Thursday before finishing 3.74% higher at $44.09 on above average volume of 8.25 million.
Year-to-date, TJX shares have gained 36.59%, compared to a gain of 8.75% for the S&P 500.