Hasbro misses estimates in holiday quarter

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Hasbro, known for brands such as Monopoly, Nerf and My Little Pony, reported lower-than-expected quarterly results Monday on weak sales in North America during the holiday season.

The toymaker's latest U.S. holiday sales turned out to be among the weakest since 2008, when the economy was reeling from the Great Recession. Bad weather, limited discretionary dollars for many shoppers and six fewer days between Thanksgiving and Christmas in 2013 hurt results for many companies.

Even toy industry leader Mattel missed analysts' expectations in the quarter covering the key selling season.

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Hasbro, the second-largest U.S. toy company, said its net earnings in the fourth quarter fell to $129.8 million, or 98 cents a share, from $130.3 million, or 99 cents a share, a year earlier.

Excluding restructuring charges and other items, Hasbro earned $1.12 a share, missing analysts' average estimate of $1.22, according to Reuters.

Sales were flat at $1.28 billion, while analysts expected $1.30 billion.

Industry wide, demand was particularly weak for action figures and preschool toys, two important categories for Mattel and Hasbro.

By Reuters.