Macy’s Jumps After Annual Forecast Exceeds Analysts’ Estimates

NEW YORK, United States -- Macy’s Inc., the second-largest U.S. department-store chain, rose in early trading after forecasting annual profit that surpassed analysts’ estimates amid a surge in online sales. The shares advanced 4.2 percent to $40.15 at 8:37 a.m. in New York, after rising to $40.40. Earnings per share for fiscal 2013 will advance to as much as $3.95, the Cincinnati-based retailer said in a statement today. Analysts projected $3.84, the average of 18 estimates compiled by Bloomberg. Chief Executive Officer Terry Lundgren has focused on tailoring merchandise to suit local tastes and benefited from exclusive Tommy Hilfiger, Sean John and Madonna products. Fourth-quarter revenue climbed 7.2 percent to $9.35 billion while online sales soared 48 percent, Macy’s said today.…

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