The Ohio-based group was also upbeat on the year to come.
Shares in New York rose almost 12% to $23.99 ahead of the opening bell.
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It reported earnings of $1.35 per share in the quarter, which smashed analyst estimates of $1.15. That was on revenue of $1.2 billion compared with a consensus estimate of $1.13 billion.
The company's Hollister brand saw sales rise 1% to $712.9 million, beating consensus of $690.9 million.
Meanwhile, at Abercrombie, sales fell to $442.7 million, missing expectations on Wall Street of $446 million.
For its 2019 year, the company expects sales to rise 2% to 4%, while the current consensus of $3.61 billion implies growth of 0.5%.
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