“After seven consecutive quarters of comparable sales growth, we experienced a deceleration in our third quarter sales. While we anticipated a negative comp as we were lapping a very strong third quarter last year, the sales deceleration was steeper than we expected. However, having cleared the excess inventory we faced earlier in the year, we were able to take a more balanced approach to sales and profit in the quarter, resulting in significantly improved margin compression versus the first half of the year,” said Jeff Gennette, chairman and chief executive officer of Macy’s, Inc. “Our third quarter sales were impacted by the late arrival of cold weather, continued soft international tourism and weaker than anticipated performance in lower tier malls. We also experienced a temporary impact on our e-commerce business due in part to work on the site in preparation for the fourth quarter. The team has completed that work, the site is upgraded and our customers can expect an improved experience this holiday season. Based primarily on the impact of our third quarter sales trend, we are updating our annual guidance.”
Costco Wholesale Corporation (“Costco” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: COST) today reported net sales of $11.79 billion for the retail month of August, the four weeks ended September 1, 2019, an increase of 6.9 percent from $11.03 billion last year.
For the 16-week fourth quarter ended September 1, 2019, the Company reported net sales of $46.45 billion, an increase of 7.0 percent compared to net sales of $43.41 billion during the similar period last year.
For the 52-week fiscal year ended September 1, 2019, the Company reported net sales of $149.35 billion, an increase of 7.9 percent from the $138.43 billion during the similar period last year.
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