San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
Target reported net earnings for the first quarter, ended April 29, of $554 million, compared with $494 million year-over-year, with total revenues up 12.1 percent to $12.9 billion and same-store sales growing 5.1 percent for the three-month period.
Target attributed the strong sales gains to its comp store increases, new store expansion and the company's credit card operations.
Earnings before interest and income taxes (EBIT) in the first quarter of 2006 increased 12.2 percent to $1.02 billion, compared with $907 million in the first quarter a year ago. Key contributors to this EBIT growth included more rapid profit growth in Target's credit card operations and the benefit of a non-recurring $28 million pretax adjustment to depreciation and amortization, partially offset by unfavorable expense rate performance, the company said.