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DSW shares jump after profit beat, but analysts are worried about sales miss

Shares of discount shoe retailer DSW Inc. jumped more than 5% Tuesday, after the company reported stronger-than-expected profit for its fiscal fourth quarter, but a miss on sales and a rise in inventory had at least one house concerned.

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SIG Susquehanna said the company’s earnings-per-share beat of 20 cents compared with a 16 cents consensus “may look good initially,” but same-store sales fell 7%, more than the consensus for a decline of 5.4% and net sales of $674.6 million were also below the $692 million consensus. Inventory, meanwhile, rose 3% on the flat sales.

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“The EPS beat appears to be on the gross margin line (+47 basis points, but...