|Kay Jewelers is operated by Signet Jewelers.|
Signet Jewelers Ltd. said Tuesday that same-store sales for the nine-week holiday season grew by 7.8 percent, year-over-year.
The Bermuda-based company bills itself as the largest specialty retail jeweler in the U.S. and the U.K.,
In the U.S., which accounts for about 80 percent of total group sales, same-store sales increased 9.2 percent for the holiday period. The company operates Kay Jewelers, Jared The Galleria Of Jewelry and a number of regional brands.
In the U.K., which accounts for about 20 percent of total group sales, same-store sales rose by 1.8 percent for the period. Last season, same-store fell in the U.K. The company operates H.Samuel, Ernest Jones, and Leslie Davis retail chains.
Internet sales rose by 24 percent for the period, the company said during a conference call.
Based on the results, the company, which operates approximately 1,860 retail jewelry stores in the U.S. and U.K., now expects its income in fiscal 2012 to increase from 64 to 67 percent to $494 to $501 million.