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E-Commerce Helps Drive Pier 1 Sales

Home furnishings retailer Pier 1 Imports  (NYSE: PIR) net income of $15.1 million for the first quarter ended May 31 compared to $20.3 million during the prior year period.

Net sales for the quarter $419.1 million, a 6.1 percent increase compared to $349.9 million in the first quarter last year.

Same-store sales climbed 6.3 percent during the quarter.

The company said its online sales continue to grow as its stores serve as a "gateway" to its e-commerce site. Alex Smith, president and CEO, said he expects that portion of the business to continue on its growth trajectory.

"Given the momentum we are experiencing, we now anticipate that sales through will exceed $200 million in fiscal 2015," Smith said. "Nevertheless, the retail environment remains highly promotional and is pressuring gross profit in the near-term. As a result, we are adjusting our full-year earnings forecast accordingly.”

The entire earnings release is available online

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