Five Below soars 13% to an all-time high after strong sales boost earnings  

  • Same-store sales increased by 2.7 percent in the second quarter, easily surpassing the 0.1 percent gain expected by Thomson Reuters.
  • Net sales for Five Below increased 22.7 percent, to $347.7 million, up from $283.3 million in the year-earlier period.
  • CEO Joel Anderson says the company is "well positioned to continue to execute in the second half."
Shoppers place purchases into vehicle outside a Five Below store in Bloomington, Illinois, on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. 
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Shoppers place purchases into vehicle outside a Five Below store in Bloomington, Illinois, on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. 

Shares of Five Below skyrocketed more than 13 percent to an all-time high on Friday, the day after the company reported sales that easily beat expectations, boosting its bottom line.

Five Below reported comparable sales growth of 2.7 percent for the second quarter, surpassing the 0.1 percent gain expected by Thomson Reuters. Net sales for Five Below increased 22.7 percent, to $347.7 million, up from $283.3 million in the year-earlier period.

"Sales grew 23% driven by strong performance from both new and existing stores," CEO Joel Anderson said in a statement. "We believe we are well positioned to continue to execute in the second half." Five Below also opened up an additional 34 stores, now totaling 692 locations in 33 states.

The company's strong sales helped lift its earnings per share above expectations. Five Below reported earnings of 42 cents per share, higher than the 38 cents per share expected by analysts.

Five Below shares were also on track to post their biggest one-day gain since June 7, when they surged 21.9 percent.