Limited's Q3 profit dips, but beats view

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Columbus, Ohio -- Limited Brands Inc. reported Thursday that net income for the quarter ended Oct. 27 dropped to $73.4 million from $94.3 million in the same quarter last year. Results still managed to beat Wall Street expectations.

Limited, which also owns Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works, saw sales slip 5.7% to $2.05 billion from $2.17 billion, but results matched analysts’ forecasts. Same-store sales climbed 5%.

Limited Brands also said Wednesday its board authorized the repurchase of up to $250 million in stock. The authorization includes $49.6 million remaining under the previous $500 million program.