In this dreary economic climate, any good news is, well, great news. Memphis-based AutoZone surprised analysts by announcing better-than-expected second-quarter profits today. The stock moved to an all-time high on the news.
From Bloomberg.com: Net income rose to $115.9 million, or $2.03 a share, from $106.7 million, or $1.67, a year earlier, the Memphis, Tennessee- based company said today in a statement. Sales rose 8.1 percent to $1.45 billion in the 12 weeks ended Feb. 14.
"Consumers are trying to keep their current vehicles running longer, until their confidence improves," Dave Goebel, a consultant at R.L. Polk, said. More at Bloomberg.com.