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Franklin Quest Co. Thursday reported sales for its third fiscal quarter ending May 31 of $72.5 million, up 22 percent over the same period last year.

Pre-tax earnings for the quarter increased 1 percent to $10.6 million while after-tax earnings declined 1 percent to $6.3 million. Earnings per share were 28 cents, the same as last year's third quarter.Retail sales reached a record third-quarter level of $19.3 million, up 33 percent over the same period last year. The company cited an increase of 24 stores operating in this year's third quarter, 84 compared to 60, including three new stores that were opened during the quarter.

Sales for the first nine months totaled $257.9 million, up 26 percent, and earnings were $32.1 million, up 4 percent. Earnings per share for the first nine months were $1.42 per share, up from $1.36.

Franklin Quest Co. markets training seminars and products, including the Franklin Day Planner.