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: Levi Strauss stock rises after ‘strong demand’ boosts Q1 sales

Shares of Levi Strauss & Co. rose nearly 3% in the extended session Wednesday after the retailer reported quarterly earnings and sales that topped Wall Street views, saying it started the year enjoying “strong consumer demand and solid momentum.”

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said it earned $196 million, or 48 cents a share, in the first quarter, compared with $143 million, or 35 cents a share, in the year-ago period.

Adjusted for one-time items, Levi Strauss earned 46 cents a share.

Sales rose 22% to $1.6 billion, the company said.

The sales bump included a 26% increase in the company’s Americas division thanks in part to “strength” in company-operated stores as consumers returned to in-person shopping, it said.

“The ongoing consumer demand across our portfolio of brands and our proven ability to deliver profitable growth give us the confidence to reaffirm our full-year outlook despite the incremental headwinds from ongoing macro challenges,” Chief Financial Officer Harmit Singh said in a statement.

Levi Strauss said it continues to expect 2022 sales growth between 11% and 13%, or between $6.4 billion and $6.5 billion, and an adjusted EPS between $1.50 and $1.56 for the year.

The stock ended the regular trading day down 1.5%.

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