Net sales in the first quarter of 2018 totaled $5.541 billion, an increase of 3.6 percent, compared with sales of $5.350 billion in the first quarter of 2017. Comparable sales on an owned basis were up 3.9 percent in the first quarter and up 4.2 percent on an owned plus licensed basis. The company estimates that comparable sales in the first quarter of 2018 benefited approximately 250 basis points from the shift of Friends and Family from the second quarter to the first. Excluding this, the company estimates that comparable sales were up 1.7 percent on an owned plus licensed basis. Macy's, Inc.'s operating income for the first quarter of 2018 totaled $238 million, or 4.3 percent of sales, compared to $219 million, or 4.1 percent of sales, for the first quarter of 2017. Operating income for the first quarter of 2018 totaled $257 million, or 4.6 percent of sales, excluding impairment and other costs of $19 million, which primarily relate to the wind-down of Macy's China Limited as discussed below. The company anticipates recognizing additional charges of approximately $10 million related to the wind-down over the course of fiscal 2018. There were no impairment and other costs in the first quarter of 2017. Click Read More below for additional information.
Condé Nast has made changes to its global content strategy, leadership and structure. It will appoint global leadership teams to its brands to oversee international and U.S. markets.
“This new strategic approach to content creation brings an emphasized focus, across the company’s worldwide portfolio of brands, on quality and reach,” reads a company statement. It calls the changes a “complete redesign and investment in editorial operations.”
Anna Wintour is now the first global Chief Content Officer of Condé Nast. She will also serve as global editorial director of Vogue, while continuing her oversight of Vogue U.S.