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Fastenal Posts Higher Q3 Profit


Fastenal Company (NASDAQ: FAST) reported a rise in its earnings for the third quarter on Tuesday.

The Winona, Minnesota-based company reported quarterly net earnings of $136.5 million, or $0.47 per share, compared to $133.3 million, or $0.45 per share, in the year-ago period.

Its revenue climbed to $995.3 million from $980.8 million. However, analysts were expecting earnings of $0.46 per share on revenue of $1.01 billion.

The average estimate among 30 Estimize users was for earnings of $0.48 per share and revenue of $1.01 billion.

Its September sales slipped 0.3 percent.

Gross profit shrank to 50.5 percent in the latest quarter, versus 50.8 percent in the year-ago quarter.

During the third quarter, Fastenal purchased 600,000 shares of common stock at an average price of $38.44 per share.

Fastenal shares fell 0.44 percent to close at $38.81 yesterday.


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