By  on May 19, 2008

Teen retailer Abercrombie & Fitch Co. said Friday that first-quarter earnings increased 3.4 percent and predicted that eventually half its business will be international.

For the three months ended May 3, earnings reached $62.1 million, or 69 cents a diluted share, up from $60.1 million, or 65 cents, in the year-ago period. Analysts were expecting earnings of 66 cents a share, but a lower tax rate and stronger gross margins helped to offset weaker same-store sales. Sales for the quarter grew 7.8 percent to $800.2 million from $742.4 million, and total same-store sales fell 3 percent.

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