In its fiscal fourth quarter, Urban Outfitters reported a rise in sales due to a stronger wholesale performance, even though its namesake brand experienced a decline. The company, known for its brands including Anthropologie and Free People, revealed a profit of $47.8 million, or 50 cents a share, marking a significant increase from the previous year's $31.5 million, or 34 cents a share.

Sales and Inventory Overview

Urban Outfitters saw sales increase by 7.3% to $1.49 billion, slightly below analysts' expectations of $1.5 billion. While the namesake brand faced a decrease in sales, Anthropologie and Free People maintained a positive performance. Additionally, the company reported a 6.3% reduction in inventory position, with wholesale inventory decreasing by 22% as a result of tighter inventory measures.

Future Prospects

Looking ahead, Chief Executive Richard Hayne expressed optimism about the upcoming quarter, citing a "positive customer response to our early spring offerings" as a good indication for continued sales growth.

This impressive performance showcases Urban Outfitters' ability to adapt and thrive in a challenging retail environment.

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