PLEASANTON, Calif. (AP) -- Discount retailer Ross Stores Inc. said Thursday that it will likely surpass its profit forecast for the current quarter after better-than-expected March sales.
Shares jumped more than 4 percent in premarket trading.
For the five weeks through Saturday, revenue at locations open at least a year rose 2 percent. The company had expected the metric to fall 1 to 2 percent, and analysts polled by Thomson Reuters predicted a decline of 1 percent.
Revenue at stores open at least a year is considered an important measurement of retailer performance because it excludes results from locations that have opened or closed within the last year.
Total sales for March grew 6 percent to $1.04 billion.
Because of that sales growth, Ross Stores expects its net income for its fiscal first quarter, which ends May 4, to top its previous forecast of $1 to $1.04 per share. Analysts predict profit of $1.04 per share, according to FactSet.
The company maintained its outlook for revenue at stores open at least a year to grow 5 to 6 percent in April.
Shares of Ross Stores advanced $2.51, or 4.2 percent, to $62.75 before the market opened Thursday. Shares are up 11 percent in 2013.
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