10/31/13

Blue Nile reports a 10% revenue jump in Q3

The online jeweler says its U.S. engagement ring sales grew 7%.

Thad Rueter , Senior Editor

Revenue increased 10% year over year for online jeweler Blue Nile Inc. in the third quarter. Blue Nile, No. 74 in the Internet Retailer Top 500 Guide, also reported a 23% increase in global sales.

This “is our sixth consecutive quarter of double-digit growth," says Harvey Kanter, president and CEO. "For the upcoming holiday season, we are excited to feature a rich product assortment delivered through an enhanced user experience on the PC, tablet, and phone, and supported by our industry-leading customer service.”

For the quarter ended Sept. 30, Blue Nile reports:

• Net sales increased year over year 10.0% to $98.9 million from $89.8 million in the same period last year.

• Net income increased 70.6% to approximately $2.9 million in 2013 from about $1.7 million.

• Sales of engagement rings in the United States grew year over year about 7.0% to $57.9 million from $54.1 million.

• Sales in other jewelry categories in the United States increased 9.6% to $23.9 million from $21.8 million in 2012.

• International sales grew year over year about 23.0% to $17.1 million from $13.9 million.

• Selling, general and administrative expenses hit $16.2 million, up 13.3% compared with $14.3 million in the same period in 2012. Those expenses include stock-based compensation of $1.2 million compared with $1.3 million for the same period last year.

Blue Nile said that for the fourth quarter of 2013, it expects net sales to range between $146 million and $161 million.

For the year to date, Blue Nile reports:

• Net sales of nearly $304.1 million, up 15.2% from about $263.9 million.

• Net income of approximately $5.9 million, up 68.5% from $3.5 million for the same period last year.

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Blue Nile, e-commerce earnings, online jewelry sales, Q3 earnings, Top 500

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