Williams-Sonoma (NYS: WSM) is expected to report Q4 earnings around March 9. Here's what Wall Street wants to see:

The 10-second takeaway
Comparing the upcoming quarter to the prior-year quarter, average analyst estimates predict Williams-Sonoma's revenues will grow 10.2% and EPS will increase 10.3%.

The average estimate for revenue is $1.40 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.29.


Revenue details
Last quarter, Williams-Sonoma booked revenue of $944.6 million. GAAP reported sales were 8.9% higher than the prior-year quarter's $867.2 million.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

EPS details
Last quarter, EPS came in at $0.49. GAAP EPS of $0.49 for Q3 were 20% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.41 per share.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

Recent performance
For the preceding quarter, gross margin was 52.8%, 10 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 8.4%, 50 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 5.2%, 20 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $4.04 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.54.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 245 members out of 340 rating the stock outperform, and 95 members rating it underperform. Among 97 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 81 give Williams-Sonoma a green thumbs-up, and 16 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Williams-Sonoma is outperform, with an average price target of $44.15.

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