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Wet Seal profit, sales drop in Q4, to open up to 30 stores in 2012

FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif. — Teen apparel retailer The Wet Seal reported net income for the fourth quarter dropped to $1.1 million from $5.3 million a year earlier. Sales in the quarter followed the same downward trend, as net sales fell to $163.2 million from $165.5 million, and same-store sales declined 5.5%.

CEO Susan McGalla told investors that the teen retailer is focused on making progress on strategic initiatives: “including establishing more cohesive merchandise assortments and consistent brand messaging, and a heightened focus on customer obsession, which we believe will better position the company for long-term sales and profitability growth," said McGalla.

For the full year, net sales rose to $620.1 million from $581.2 million in 2010, and same-store sales edged up 1.2%. Profit also increased year-over-year to $15.1 million from $12.6 million.

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