"Macy's had a solid holiday shopping season, and we are pleased that our November/December performance resulted in positive comp sales for the period, setting us up for a positive fourth quarter. Consumers were ready to spend this season, and we delivered with solid execution, fresher inventory, a curated gift assortment and a focus on customer experience. We saw improved sales trends in our stores and continued to see double-digit growth on our digital platforms. Customers also responded well to our new loyalty program," said Jeff Gennette, Macy's, Inc. chief executive officer. "We intend to close the fourth quarter in a good position and head into 2018 with momentum." Macy's, Inc. saw improved holiday sales across Macy's, Macy's Backstage, Bloomingdale's, Bloomingdale's The Outlet and Bluemercury, with exclusive gifts showing strong performance. Active apparel, shoes, dresses, coats, fine jewelry, men's tailored clothing, children's and home were all top performers. Beauty was also a highlight and showed a marked improvement in trend, with particular strength in fragrance, prestige skincare and cosmetic gifting. Click Read More below for additional information.
Sears Holdings Corp.’s revenue dropped 25% in the second quarter as the chain continues to shrink its footprint.
Sears said it lost $508 million, or $4.68 a share, in the quarter ended Aug.4, compared with a loss of $250 million, or $2.33 a share, in year-ago period.
Sales fell to $3.18 billion from $4.27 billion last year amid store closures. Same-store sales decreased 3.9%, the smallest decline in over three years. By banner, same-store sales fell 3.7% at Kmart and 4% at Sears.
In a statement, Sears chairman and CEO Edward Lampert said he encouraged by the quarter’s improved comparable stores sales trend and the positive comparable store sales of 3.0% and 2.5% achieved in the months of July and August, But he noted that the company has not met its goal of returning to profitability, and hinted that more store closings may be in the offing. (In August, Sears announced it was closing another 40 stores.)
“We continue to close unprofitable stores, and we are hopeful that we can stabilize our store base at a meaningful level in the near future,” he said. “Our goal is to right-size our store footprint to a solid base from which we can operate and grow profitably, while leveraging our online and Shop Your Way platforms.”
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