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Dillard's Inc.Announced Operating Results for The 13 Weeks Ended October 27,2012

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Core prompt: Dillard's Inc.announced operating results for the 13 weeks ended October 27,2012. Highlights of the Company's performance included: A 100%increase in third quarter earning

Dillard's Inc.announced operating results for the 13 weeks ended October 27,2012.

Highlights of the Company's performance included:

A 100%increase in third quarter earnings per share compared to the prior year

A 5%increase in comparable store sales for the third quarter

Third quarter merchandise gross margin improvement of 40 basis points of sales

Operating expense leverage of 140 basis points of sales for the third quarter

Cash flow from operations of$219.9 million compared to$135.6 million for the year to date period

Third Quarter Results

Dillard's reported pretax income for the 13 weeks ended October 27,2012 of$72.7 million,an 84%increase over the pretax income for the 13 weeks ended October 29,2011 of$39.5 million.

Dillard's reported net income for the 13 weeks ended October 27,2012 of$48.5 million,or$1.01 per share.Included in net income are the following items:

A$0.7 million after tax gain($0.01 per share)related to the sale of two former retail store locations.

approximately$1.7 million($0.04 per share)in tax benefit due to the reversal of a valuation allowance related to a deferred tax asset consisting of a capital loss carryforward

Dillard's reported net income for the prior year third quarter,the 13 weeks ended October 29,2011,of$228.2 million,or$4.31 per share.Included in net income for the prior year third quarter is a net after-tax credit totaling$202.5 million($3.83 per share)comprised of the following items:

approximately$201.6 million($3.81 per share)in tax benefit due to the reversal of a valuation allowance related to a deferred tax asset consisting of a capital loss carryforward

a$0.9 million after tax gain($0.02 per share)related to the sale of two former retail store locations

Dillard's Chief Executive Officer,William T.Dillard,II,stated,"Driven by a strong 5%sales increase,we were able to double our earnings per share for the third quarter on top of a record performance last year(after non-routine items).We are pleased with our gross margin improvement and expense control during the quarter as well as with our ending inventory level.We are entering the holiday season confidently based on these strong results and we look forward to serving our customers at the highest possible level in the coming weeks."

39-Week Results

Dillard's reported pretax income for the 39 weeks ended October 27,2012 of$268.0 million,a 49%increase over the pretax income for the 39 weeks ended October 29,2011 of$179.5 million.

Dillard's reported net income for the 39 weeks ended October 27,2012 of$174.5 million,or$3.55 per share.Included in net income are the following items:

a$0.7 million after tax gain($0.01per share)related to the sale of two former retail store locations.

approximately$1.7 million($0.03 per share)in tax benefit due to the reversal of a valuation allowance related to a deferred tax asset consisting of a capital loss carryforward

Dillard's reported net income for the prior year 39-week period ended October 29,2011,of$322.4 million,or$5.80 per share.Included in net income for the prior year 39-week period is a net after-tax credit totaling$205.8 million($3.90 per share)comprised of the following items:

approximately$201.6 million($3.81 per share)in tax benefit due to the reversal of a valuation allowance related to a deferred tax asset consisting of a capital loss carryforward

a$0.9 million after tax gain($0.02 per share)related to the sale of two former retail store locations

a$2.7 million after tax gain($0.05 per share)related to a distribution from a mall joint venture

a$1.4 million after tax gain($0.03 per share)relating to the sale of an interest in a mall joint venture

asset impairment and store closing charges of$0.8 million after-tax($0.01 per share)

Net Sales-13 Weeks

Net sales for the 13 weeks ended October 27,2012 were$1.450 billion compared to net sales for the 13 weeks ended October 29,2011 of$1.383 billion.Net sales include the operations of the Company's construction business,CDI Contractors,LLC("CDI").

Total merchandise sales(which exclude CDI)for the 13-week period ended October 27,2012 were$1.425 billion compared to$1.366 billion for the 13-week period ended October 29,2011.Total merchandise sales increased 4%during the third quarter.Sales in comparable stores increased 5%.

Sales trends were strongest in men's apparel and accessories,ladies accessories and lingerie and shoes.Home and furniture was the weakest performing category.Sales trends were strongest in the Central region,followed by the Western and Eastern regions,respectively.

Net Sales-39 Weeks

Net sales for the 39 weeks ended October 27,2012 were$4.487 billion compared to net sales for the 39 weeks ended October 29,2011 of$4.294 billion.Total merchandise sales for the 39-week period ended October 27,2012 were$4.403 billion compared to$4.247 billion for the 39-week period ended October 29,2011.Total merchandise sales increased 4%during the 39-week period.Sales in comparable stores increased 4%.

Gross Margin/Inventory

Gross margin from retail operations(which excludes CDI)was 37.1%(of sales)for the 13 weeks ended October 27,2012 compared to 36.7%for the prior year third quarter.Consolidated gross margin for the 13 weeks ended October 27,2012 was 36.6%compared to 36.3%during the prior year third quarter.Inventory in comparable stores decreased 1%at October 27,2012 compared to October 29,2011.

Advertising,Selling,Administrative and General Expenses

Advertising,selling,administrative and general expenses decreased approximately 140 basis points of sales during the 13 weeks ended October 27,2012 compared to the 13 weeks ended October 29,2011.

Operating expenses were$404.6 million(27.9%of sales)and$404.8 million(29.3%of sales),respectively.During the third quarter,cost savings in advertising were mostly offset by increases in payroll and services purchased.

 
 
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