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Ross: Group Senior Vice President, Senior Director, Investor Relations Chief Financial Officer

The following excerpt is from the company's SEC filing.

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-- Ross Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq: ROST) today reported that earnings per share for the 13 weeks ended October 31, 2015 increased 15% to $.53, on net earnings that rose 12% to $216 million. Sales for the fiscal 2015 third quarter grew 7% to $2.783 billion, with comparable store sales up 3% on top of last year’s 4% gain.

For the first nine months of the fiscal year, earnings per share increased 15% to $1.85, while net earnings rose 12% to $757 million. Sales for the first nine months of 2015 increased 8% to $8.689 billion, with comparable store sales up 4%.

Barbara Rentler, Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We are pleased with the better-than-expected sales and earnings growth we achieved in the third quarter. These results demonstrate that customers continue to respond positively to the wide assortments of fresh and exciting bargains we offer throughout our stores. Third quarter operating margin of 12.1% was ahead of plan, up 30 basis points over last year, mainly driven by higher merchandise margin.”

Ms. Rentler continued, “During the first nine months of fiscal 2015, we repurchased 10.4 million shares of common stock for an aggregate price of $530 million. We remain on track to repurchase a total of $700 million in common stock during fiscal 2015 under the two-year $1.4 billion authorization approved by our Board of Directors in February of this year.”

Looking ahead, Ms. Rentler said, “In the upcoming fourth quarter, we face challenging prior year comparisons, ongoing uncertainty in the macro-economic environment, and a holiday season that will be highly promotional. Therefore, while we hope to do better, we believe it is prudent to maintain our prior guidance for this period. For the 13 weeks ending January 30, 2016, we continue to project same store sales to be flat to up 1%, versus a strong 6% gain in the prior year, with earnings per share of $.60 to $.63 compared to $.60 in last year’s fourth quarter. For fiscal 2015, earnings per share are now forecast to be in the range of $2.45 to $2.48, up 11% to 12% from $2.21 in fiscal 2014.”

The Company will host a conference call on Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 4:15 p.m. Eastern time to provide additional details concerning its third quarter results and management’s outlook for the remainder of the year. A real-time audio webcast of the conference call will be available in the Investors section of the Company’s website, located at

. An audio playback will be available at 404-537-3406, PIN #70462877

until 8:00 p.m. Eastern time on November 27, 2015, as well as on the Company’s website.

Forward-Looking Statements:

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