NEW YORK — Experiencing growing pains as it expands from being a direct retailer, The J. Jill Group reported double-digit dips to its fourth-quarter and year-end bottom lines.

The Quincy, Mass.-based company said late Monday that profits for the three months ended Dec. 27 tumbled 48.6 percent to $3.2 million, or 16 cents a diluted share. Last year, the firm posted profits of $6.2 million, or 30 cents. However, the retailer said a pickup in holiday sales allowed it to beat its previous forecast of 9 cents to 14 cents, as well as consensus estimates of 11 cents, according to First Call.

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