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No Sale: Nordstrom Profits Plummet by Half

Nordstrom's third-quarter profits plunged to $71 million from $166 million in the third quarter of 2007, as the luxe department store followed most other retailers into a blue Christmas.

Third-quarter revenue was down 8.4 percent compared to last year and same-store sales were down 11.1 percent, the company said.

In a trouble spot in the earnings, Nordstrom noted that third-quarter expenses this year were actually up 2.6 percent compared to last year. Not a good sign in a down economy at a high-end retailer.

Wal-Mart, the leading indicator at the other end of retail, reported a 10 percent jump in third-quarter earnings this morning.

-- Frank Ahrens

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By Frank Ahrens  |  November 13, 2008; 4:28 PM ET
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