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Q2 sales and profits slip at The Buckle

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August 19, 2010 6:19 AM

Press Release:

KEARNEY, Neb.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Buckle, Inc. (NYSE: BKE - News) announced today that net income for the fiscal quarter ended July 31, 2010 was $20.7 million, or $0.45 per share ($0.44 per share on a diluted basis).

Net sales for the 13-week fiscal quarter ended July 31, 2010 decreased 2.2 percent to $188.6 million from net sales of $192.9 million for the prior year 13-week fiscal quarter ended August 1, 2009. Comparable store net sales for the 13-week period ended July 31, 2010 decreased 7.3 percent from comparable store net sales for the prior year 13-week period ended August 1, 2009. Online sales (which are not included in comparable store sales) increased 15.7 percent to $11.7 million for the 13-week period ended July 31, 2010, compared to net sales of $10.1 million for the 13-week period ended August 1, 2009.

Net sales for the 26-week fiscal period ended July 31, 2010 increased 2.8 percent to $403.4 million from net sales of $392.6 million for the prior year 26-week fiscal period ended August 1, 2009. Comparable store net sales year-to-date for the 26-week period ended July 31, 2010 decreased 2.0 percent from comparable store net sales for the 26-week period ended August 1, 2009. Online sales (which are not included in comparable store sales) increased 20.1 percent to $26.2 million for the 26-week period ended July 31, 2010, compared to net sales of $21.8 million for the 26-week period ended August 1, 2009.

Net income for the second quarter of fiscal 2010 was $20.7 million, or $0.45 per share ($0.44 per share on a diluted basis), compared with $25.0 million, or $0.55 per share ($0.54 per share on a diluted basis) for the second quarter of fiscal 2009.

Net income for the 26-week fiscal period ended July 31, 2010 was $50.9 million, or $1.10 per share ($1.08 per share on a diluted basis), compared with $51.9 million, or $1.14 per share ($1.11 per share on a diluted basis) for the 26-week fiscal period ended August 1, 2009.

Management will hold a conference call at 11:30 a.m. EDT today to discuss results for the quarter. To participate in the call, please call (800) 230-1059 and reference the conference code 167165. A replay of the call will be available for a two–week period beginning August 19, 2010 at 1:30 p.m. EDT by calling (800) 475–6701 and entering the conference code 167165.

About Buckle

Offering a unique mix of high-quality, on-trend apparel, accessories, and footwear, Buckle caters to fashion-conscious young men and women. Known as a denim destination, each store carries a wide selection of fits, styles, and finishes from leading denim brands, including the Company’s exclusive brand, BKE. Headquartered in Kearney, Nebraska, Buckle currently operates 419 retail stores in 41 states. As of the end of the fiscal quarter, it operated 419 stores in 41 states compared with 401 stores in 41 states at the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2009.

SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT UNDER THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995; All forward-looking statements made by the Company involve material risks and uncertainties and are subject to change based on factors which may be beyond the Company's control. Accordingly, the Company's future performance and financial results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in any such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to, those described in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company does not undertake to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements even if experience or future changes make it clear that any projected results expressed or implied therein will not be realized.


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