Shoe Carnival Inc. /zigman2/quotes/203407380/composite SCVL -0.02% said Friday that preliminary fourth-quarter sales totaled $253.9 million, ahead of the FactSet consensus for $242.8 million and up from $239.9 million the year prior. Comparable sales increased 6.4%. Shoe Carnival is scheduled to report fourth-quarter earnings on March 30. Shares have rallied 40.3% over the last three months, and are up 27.8% over the past year. The benchmark S&P 500 index /zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime SPX -1.19% is up 16.1% for the last 12 months.