November 16, 2010, 4:25 PM

The web gains for Weight Watchers in Q3

Web sales grew year over year 21.7%.

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The web accounted for a bigger percentage of total sales for Weight Watchers International Inc. in the third quarter.

For the third quarter ended Oct. 2, Weight Watchers, No. 79 in the Internet Retailer Top 500 Guide, reported:

  • $60.5 million in web sales, a 21.7% increase compared with $49.7 million a year earlier. Weight Watchers does not break out U.S. web sales vs. international.
  • $330.6 million in total sales, up 1.9% from $324.5 million in the third quarter of 2009.
  • North America sales grew 2.5% to $156.9 million from $153.1 million in the third quarter of 2009.
  • International sales decreased 5.9% to $85.9 million from $91.3 million in the prior year.
  • Net income was $44.4 million, compared with $52.6 million in the third quarter of 2009

“In the third quarter, I was pleased by the robust revenue growth in our WeightWatchers.com business and the further strengthening of our North American meeting operations,” says CEO David Kirchhoff. “We continued to invest in our strategic initiatives which, together with the upcoming program innovations, are laying the groundwork for future growth.”

Internet Retailer calculates the web accounted for 18.3% of total sales compared with 15.3% in the third quarter of 2009.

For the first nine months of the year, Weight Watchers also reported:

  • $176.4 million in web sales, an 18.9% increase compared with $148.4 million a year earlier. Weight Watchers does not break out U.S. web sales vs. international.
  • $1.09 billion in total sales, up 0.9% from $1.08 billion in the first three quarters of 2009.
  • North America sales decreased 2.1% to $519.7 million from $530.9 million.
  • International sales decreased 0.5% to $303.7 million from $305.1 million.
  • Net income was $144.0 million, compared with $157.6 million in the first three quarters of 2009.

Internet Retailer calculates the web accounted for 16.2% of total sales compared with 13.7% in the third quarter of 2009.

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