Nordstrom (JWN) is expected to report Q3 earnings after the market close on Thursday, November 8, with a conference call scheduled for 4:45pm ET. Analysts are looking for a profit of 72c on revenue of $2.8B. The consensus range is 67c-75c for EPS, and revenue of $2.75B-$2.83B, according to First Call. After reporting Q2 EPS that beat consensus estimates, Nordstrom forecast FY12 EPS $3.40-$3.50, consensus $3.49, and guided Q3 same-store sales up in the high single digits; the company also forecast Q4 SSS up in the mid-single digits and FY12 SSS up 6%-7%. During the quarter, Nordstrom reported September SSS up 4.4% and October SSS up 9.8%; the retailer said Q3 SSS increased 10.7% on preliminary Q3 total retail sales of $2.71B. Barron's recently said that Nordstrom offers value for investors worried about a tepid holiday season and the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Unlike other luxury merchants, Barron's notes that Nordstrom has not been hurt by slowdowns in Europe and China. Looking ahead, Nordstrom is expected to offer comments on the upcoming holiday season, and may offer comments on whether it believes Hurricane Sandy will impact holiday shopping.