Hitting the Right Path: Levi’s Sees First Sales Gain in Eight Years

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Booming sales in Asia and stabilization in North America helped Levi Strauss & Co. put the skids on eight years of declining sales in 2005, with an increase of 1.3 percent to $4.12 billion.

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For the quarter ended Nov. 27, Levi's reported earnings of $43.6 million, compared with a loss of $19.4 million in the same period a year ago.


Hitting the Right Path: Levi’s Sees First Sales Gain in Eight Years

Booming sales in Asia and stabilization in North America helped Levi Strauss & Co. put the skids on eight years of declining sales in 2005.

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