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Bloodletting was the term one source used. Bad and weak were the most common and perhaps the most descriptive term was anemic. I am referring, of course, to September's same store sales results. Wall street knew that September's sales would be soft but what the Street didn't know was how widespread the results would be.
A real food fight breaking out over the September retail sales numbers. No hiding the facts: they were below expectations, which had already been lowered. Men's Warehouse, American Eagle, Target, Limited, Nordstrom, JC Penney lowered earnings; Kohl's said earnings would be at the low end of the range.
September comparable retail sales were generally lower than expected, even after numbers were lowered in the last week. Apparel companies like Limited, Chico's, Abercrombie, Gap and Limited missed, but so did Target, as did the department stores like Saks and Nordstrom.
Stocks are squarely in positive ground this morning helped by a surprise comment from Wal-Mart that its earnings will be better than expected this quarter. Chain stores report monthly sales today and expectations have been low. Macy's for instance is down 2.7%, Limited was down 4%, Chico's is down 8.3% and Nordstrom cut its third quarter forecast.
Warm weather left apparel retailers with a lot of unsold suits and sweaters in September. Limited, Chico's, Abercrombie, Gap and Limited missed. Men's Wearhouse cut its forecast for third quarter profits, citing "continued softening in traffic trends."
Picture this: panicked banker/trader walks out of the New York Stock Exchange and realizes (gasp!) "Oh ****, it is Valentine's Day/our anniversary/her birthday?!" Where does he head? He follows the big orange sign across the Street to Hermes or down the Street to the Tiffany's that is about to open on the 10th. Who else is there?
A surprise drop in U.S. jobs could scare consumers into shutting their wallets during the key holiday shopping season.
Looks like Costco's disappointing August store sales was an anomaly. The good news is that retailers beat expectations, almost across the board. A number of retailers noted that some school districts in Texas and Florida went back to school a week later, which gave a boost in August.
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Several retailers posted improved quarterly earnings on Tuesday, but many remained cautious about the rest of the year.Retail stocks were mixed in reaction, with shares of upscale retailers such as Saks trading lower, while club stores such as BJ Wholesale Club gained ground. Both were among those reporting results Tuesday.
Upscale department store Nordstrom reported higher quarterly net profit on Thursday as sales at stores open at least a year were higher than expected.
Wednesday was a crazy day for the markets, but when all was said and done The Dow finished 150 points higher and Blackstone (BX) formed the largest buyout fund ever. Is a steady comeback building this week for stocks? Here's the word on The Street.
Delaware Investments' Lori Wachs looks to "the Holy Grail of the consumer" and a "magic logo" to pick investments. The top fund manager joined "Morning Call" to share her insights -- and favorite retail stocks -- with viewers.
It is almost summer but you wouldn't know it by the weather. Next week, the season officially kicks off and the week is expected to be the second coldest, and driest first week of summer in 15 years! Right now the one refrain apparel/retailer CEOs seem to universally repeat is the importance of clearing out inventory over the next few months as stores get ready to restock shelves with back to school items.
Americans shopped hesitantly during May, giving retailers modest relief from a dismal showing in April but still raising questions about how strong consumer spending will be in the months ahead.
Gasoline prices are soaring -- but one "Morning Call" guest says the best revenge is investing well. Rob Cox, U.S. editor of Breaking Views, joined CNBC's Mark Haines to talk about "the middle squeeze" at the pump -- and how to play it.
Department-store retailers Kohl's, J.C. Penney and Nordstrom posted better-than-expected first-quarter earnings on Thursday and raised profit forecasts for the full year, citing demand for exclusive brands and designer merchandise.
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Earnings reached $156.8 million, or 60 cents a share, for the quarter ended May 5, compared with $131.2 million, or 48 cents a share, a year earlier.