The strong quarter is encouraging news as the upscale retailer heads into the holiday season.
The upscale department store chain said late Thursday that it earned $146 million, or 71 cents per share for the three-month period ended Oct. 27. That compares with $127 million, or 59 cents per share, in the year-ago period.
Revenue rose 14 percent to $2.81 billion, up from $2.47 billion in the year-ago period. Revenue at stores opened at least a year were up 10.7 percent. Its online business was up 38 percent for the quarter compared with a year ago.
Analysts, on average, had expected 72 cents per share on revenue of $2.75 billion, according to FactSet.
Nordstrom, based in Seattle, narrowed its full-year profit outlook to $3.45 per share to $3.50 per share, up from its guidance of $3.40 to $3.50 issued in August..
It also expects revenue at stores opened at least a year to rise 6.5 percent to 7.0 percent. In August, it had forecast growth of 6 percent to 7 percent.