UPDATE 2-Canadian Tire adjusted earnings up, raises dividend

Thu Nov 8, 2012 10:43am EST
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* Third-quarter adjusted profit up 3.5 percent

* Net earnings per share C$1.61 vs C$1.67 year earlier

* Revenue rises 4.6 percent to C$2.83 billion

Nov 8 (Reuters) - Canadian Tire Corp, one of the country's biggest and best-known retailers, reported higher adjusted earnings and revenue on Thursday and boosted its dividend.

The company's results benefited from the financial services segment, as higher credit card receivables increased revenue and operating expenses fell. But retail income before income taxes declined slightly.

Canadian Tire said it would raise its quarterly dividend by 17 percent to 35 Canadian cents a share.

The company sells housewares, sporting goods and automotive products at its namesake Canadian Tire stores, sporting goods under several banners in its FGL Sports division, and apparel at Mark's, formerly Mark's Work Wearhouse.

Performance was weakest at the flagship Canadian Tire chain, where sales at established stores fell 0.2 percent, partly reflecting a soft market for automotive parts and service.

FGL Sports raised same-store sales 4.4 percent. The key metric was 1.7 percent higher at Mark's, thanks to growth in women's apparel and industrial footwear, especially in western Canada.   Continued...