10:45 AM New York – Accenture first-quarter net climbed 10% to $752 million. ConAgra second-quarter net jumped 18% to $249 million. Pier 1 Imports first-quarter net jumped 5% to $24 million. Scholastic second-quarter net dropped 6% to $58 million. Rite Aid third-quarter net surged 16% to $72 million.
), the outsourcing service provider reported revenue sales in the first-quarter ending in November rose 2% to $7.4 billion.
Net income in the quarter climbed 9.7% to $751.8 million or $1.15 a diluted share compared to $698.8 million or $1.06.
Accenture added new bookings in the quarter were $8.7 billion and consulting bookings of $4.3 billion and outsourcing bookings of $4.4 billion.
The company expects net revenues in the second quarter in the range of $6.95 billion to $7.25 billion.
ConAgra Foods, Inc.
), the food processing company said total revenues in the second-quarter ending on November 24 soared 26.5% to $4.71 billion. Net income in the quarter jumped 17.5% to $248.7 million or 59 cents a diluted share compared to $211.6 million or 52 cents.
Darden Restaurants, Inc.
), the restaurant company reported total sales in the fourth-quarter ending on November 24 advanced 5% to $2.05 billion. Same restaurant sales in the quarter increased 1.5%.
Net earnings in the quarter plunged 41% to $19.8 million or 15 cents a diluted share compared to $33.6 million or 26 cents.
Pier 1 Imports, Inc
), the home furnishings retailer stated total sales in the first-quarter ending on November 24 jumped 9.7% to $465.5 million. Comparable store sales in the quarter advanced 6.9%.
Net income in the quarter jumped 4.8% to $23.7 million or 22 cents a diluted share compared to $67.7 million or 62 cents.
), the book publishing company reported revenues in the second-quarter ending in November grew 1.6% to $623.2 million.
Net income in the quarter dropped 5.7% to $58.3 million or $1.80 a diluted share compared to $61.8 million or $1.89.
Rite Aid Corporation
), the drugstore retail chain said revenue in the third-quarter ending in November rose 1.9% to $6.36 billion. Same store sales in the quarter increased 2.3%.
Net income in the quarter surged 15.5% to $71.5 million or 4 cents a diluted share compared to $61.9 million or 7 cents.
Rite Aid expected its fiscal 2014 sales between $25.3 billion and $25.4 billion and same store sales increase in the range of 0.35% to 0.85% compared to fiscal 2013.
In a separate press release, the company said it extended and expanded existing partnership with GNC Holdings Inc, global specialty retailer of health and wellness products through 2019.