THE RESULTS: Target reported third-quarter adjusted earnings of 90 cents per share. Revenue rose 3 percent to $16.6 billion. Analysts, on average, expected earnings of 78 cents per share on revenue of $16.91 billion.
HOLIDAY FORECAST: Target said Thursday that it expects fourth-quarter adjusted earnings between $1.64 and $1.74 per share. Wall Street predicts earnings of $1.50 per share.
OPTIMISM: The critical holiday shopping season can make up 40 percent of a retailer's annual revenue. Target Corp. is optimistic about the period, citing its new price matching program and a holiday collection partnership with luxury department store Neiman Marcus.