Big 5 Sporting sees third quarter EPS at upper end of prior view
Sept 29 (Reuters) - Big 5 Sporting Goods Corp (BGFV.O) said it expects third-quarter earnings to be at or near the upper end of its previous forecast, helped by tight expense management and improved merchandise margins.
The sporting goods retailer had earlier forecast earnings of 27 cents a share to 34 cents a share for the period ended Sept. 27.
Analysts on average expect the company to earn 31 cents per share, before special items, according to Reuters Estimates.
The El Segundo, California-based company said sales at stores open at least a year, or same-store sales, rose 1.6 percent in the third quarter.
Shares of the company closed at $15.32 Monday 28 September on Nasdaq. (Reporting by Krishna N. Das in Bangalore; Editing by Anne Pallivathuckal)