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Eddy Elfenbein submits: Harley-Davidson (NYSE:HOG) had a huge quarter. The company earned $312.7 million, or $1.20 a share. Wall Street was expecting $1.10 a share. This is a 25% increase over last year’s third quarter when the company made 96 cents a share. Sales rose 14.3% to $1.64 billion.

The stock was up sharply this morning (so we'll just ignore this). Here's how the company has done for the past few years:

Year...........Sales (mil).........EPS
1996..........$1531.2............$0.47
1997..........$1762.5............$0.57
1998..........$2064.0............$0.69
1999..........$2452.9............$0.87
2000..........$2906.4............$1.13
2001..........$3363.4............$1.43
2002..........$4091.0............$1.90
2003..........$4624.3............$2.50
2004..........$5015.2............$3.00
2005..........$5342.2............$3.41
2006..........$4298.1............$2.96 (nine months)

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Source: Harley's Huge Quarter