By  on February 27, 2013

Target Corp. stumbled in the fourth quarter as markdowns weighed onits net earnings and although The TJX Cos. Inc. turned in strong resultsfor the period, the off-price giant acknowledged growth would slow thisyear.

Target’s net earnings fell 2 percent in the fourthquarter to $961 million, or $1.47 a diluted share, from $981 million, or$1.45, a year earlier. Adjusted earnings per share rose to $1.65, 17cents ahead of the $1.48 Wall Street analysts projected — but thecompany’s outlook disappointed and shares fell 1.5 percent to $63.12.

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