This excerpt taken from the GPS 8-K filed Aug 21, 2008.
GAP INC. REPORTS SECOND QUARTER EARNINGS PER SHARE OF $0.32 UP FROM $0.19 LAST YEAR
SAN FRANCISCO August 21, 2008 Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) today released its earnings results for the second quarter of 2008. The company reported that second quarter net earnings increased 51 percent through the combination of driving healthy margins and effectively managing costs.
For the quarter ended August 2, 2008, net earnings were $229 million, or $0.32 per share on a diluted basis, compared with $152 million, or $0.19 per share, for the second quarter last year.
The 2007 second quarter diluted earnings per share included $0.02 of expenses related to the companys cost reduction initiatives. Excluding the $0.02 per share of expenses, second quarter diluted earnings per share last year on a non-GAAP basis were $0.21 per share. Please see the reconciliation of diluted earnings per share on a GAAP basis to diluted earnings per share excluding the expenses associated with the companys cost reduction initiatives, a non-GAAP financial measure, in the table at the end of this release.
External conditions aside, we continue to deliver improved earnings with healthy margins and I am pleased with our second quarter results, said Glenn Murphy, chairman and chief executive officer of Gap Inc. While we continue to pursue our 2008 financial strategy, we are very focused on bringing more customers into our stores.
Second quarter net sales were $3.50 billion, compared with $3.69 billion for the second quarter of last year. The companys second quarter comparable store sales decreased 10 percent, compared with a decrease of 5 percent in the second quarter of the prior year. The companys online sales for the second quarter increased 11 percent to $191 million, compared with $172 million for the second quarter of last year.