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Will Macy’s Job Cuts and Store Closures Improve Its Position?
On January 4, Macy’s disclosed 68 store closures—three stores closed in mid-2016, 63 stores slated to close in early spring 2017, and two in mid-2017.
Can TJX Companies Sustain Its Earnings Growth after Fiscal 2Q17?
Following the strong results in fiscal 2Q17, TJX Companies raised its earnings outlook for fiscal 2017. TJX expects its fiscal 2017 EPS to be in the $3.39–$3.43 range.
Kohl’s Valuation Surges after Fiscal 2Q16 Results
As of August 15, Kohl’s was trading at a 12-month forward PE (price-to-earnings) ratio of 11.7x.
Nordstrom’s Off-Price Rack Business Delivers Again in Fiscal 2Q16
Nordstrom’s off-price Rack business continued to display strength in fiscal 2Q16 ended July 30, 2016.
Why TJX Companies’ 2Q Margins Could Be Under Pressure
TJX Companies’ (TJX) gross margin in fiscal 1Q17 rose by 50 basis points on a year-over-year basis to 28.8%.
What Caused a Decline in Macy’s 2Q16 Margins?
Macy’s (M) gross margin remained flat in fiscal 2Q16 ended July 30, 2016. However, the company’s operating margin declined on a year-over-year basis.
Why Macy’s Earnings Are Expected to Fall in 2Q16
Macy’s adjusted EPS (earnings per share) fell by 28.6% on a year-over-year basis in 1Q16. Analysts expect Macy’s earnings to fall in 2Q16 also.
Could Nordstrom’s Rack Stores Have Saved the Day in Q2?
Aside from operating full-line upscale stores, Nordstrom also conducts off-price business through its Nordstrom Rack stores and off-price digital channels.
Can Best Buy’s Margins Improve amid Challenging Conditions?
Despite lower sales, Best Buy’s gross margin improved from 23.7% in fiscal 1Q16 to 25.4% in fiscal 1Q17.
Can Ross Stores’ Bargain Deals Boost Its Fiscal 1Q16 Sales?
Ross Stores’ sales came in ahead of analysts’ expectations in all four quarters of fiscal 2015. In fiscal 4Q15, the company’s sales increased by 7.2% on a year-over-year basis.
Why Macy’s Digital Business Is a Key Growth Driver for Future Sales
The double-digit growth in Macy’s online business in fiscal 2015 was due to strong mobile traffic and increased conversions.
Why Could Some of VFC’s Segments Face Sales Headwinds?
VF Corporation (VFC) expects sales headwinds from its Imagewear, Sportswear, and Contemporary Brand segments to impact its 4Q15 and 2015 results.
Starbucks Reports Strong Same-Store Sales Growth in 1Q16
Globally, Starbucks’s same-store sales grew 8% in 1Q16 compared to 5% in 1Q15. This growth was driven by 4% growth in both transactions and tickets.
Macy’s International Growth: Bloomingdale’s to Open in Kuwait
Macy’s (M) is gearing up for further international expansion with its plan to open its first Bloomingdale’s store in Kuwait.
Nordstrom’s Stock Continues Downward Trend in 2016
Nordstrom’s stock price fell by 36.4% in 2015, and the upscale department store’s stock has continued to fall in 2016.
Kohl’s Sees Promising Growth in the Online Channel
US online sales increased by 15.1% in 3Q15 on a YoY basis. Kohl’s ranks fourth in the Digital IQ index for department stores.
How High Will Starbucks Stock Keep Climbing?
Starbucks (SBUX) reached a 52-week high on October 20, 2015, and it remains firm at $61.70 a month after reaching that peak.
Emerging Market Retail ETFs Are Trending Downward
Emerging market ETFs have been declining over deflationary pressures in the markets. The high downside volatility seen in stocks of emerging markets have made investors think twice before investing.
Why the CAP Segment Is the Next Big Market for Starbucks
Starbucks has about 5,239 restaurants in the CAP segment. It’s growing units at an average of 18.4% compared to the rest of the regions.
What to Expect from Starbucks’ Same-Store Sales Growth in 4Q15
Same-store sales growth is one of the key revenue drivers for a restaurant company like Starbucks (SBUX), McDonald’s (MCD), and Darden Restaurants (DRI).
Starbucks’ Key Segments for Its 4Q15 Earnings
Starbucks (SBUX) operates restaurants in 65 countries around the world. However, 83% of its revenue comes from the Americas and the CAP segments.
Best Buy’s Margins Reflect Marked Improvement in 2Q16
Best Buy (BBY) reported a gross margin of 24.6% in the second quarter of fiscal 2016, up from 23.4% in the comparable quarter of the previous year.
Why Home Depot and Other Home Improvement Stocks Dove in April
Home Depot’s (HD) stock has clocked 49.6% in total returns over the last 12 months. The stock is up 7.9% this year, to $113.35 on May 15.
Automobile Industry Indicators Investors Should Track
Some key automobile industry indicators investors should track include employment, vehicle sales, interest rates, and consumer confidence.
Wage Gains for Retail Trade Outpace Private Sector Payroll Gains
The pace of wage gains for the retail sector has been slower than growth rates experienced in pre-recession times.
How Much of a Headwind Will US Dollar Present Coach in 3Q15?
Foreign exchange is likely to be a significant headwind for Coach’s (COH) results in its third quarter. The company derives ~35% of its revenue from overseas markets.
Leading up to 3Q15 Earnings, Coach Delivers Strong Returns
Compared to its peers, Coach has provided higher total year-to-date returns to its shareholders. And, the stock’s up by over 9% since the company’s last earnings release on January 29, 2015.
Under Armour’s Stock Prices Fall after 1Q15 Earnings
UA’s stock price declined by 4.8% to $83.52 on April 21, owing to disappointing revenue growth and a decline in earnings.
The Eroding Purchasing Power of the Minimum Wage Worker
While the absolute minimum wage has increased, when adjusted for inflation in 2015, its purchasing power has declined.
Who Are Minimum Wage Workers in the US?
About 50% of minimum wage workers are between the ages of 16 and 24, according to a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report.
US President Obama Stirs Up the Minimum Wage Debate
President Obama backs a minimum wage increase to $10.10 and signed an executive order to this effect on February 12, 2014.
McDonald’s EBITDA Margins Could Get Squeezed
McDonald’s (MCD) is expected to announce an EBITDA of $2.06 billion with an EBITDA margin of 34.4%, according to analysts.
Dunkin’ Brands Diversifies Its Daypart Focus
Dunkin’ Brands is now expanding into the afternoon daypart in order to win customers in a different daypart and improve sales leverage.
Dunkin’ Brands’ Strategic Focus and Supply Chain
A strategic focus and balanced strategy for restaurant include a present in grocery chains to help diversify risks associated with a bad economic cycle.
How Is Dunkin’ Donuts Doing in Same-Store Sales Growth?
Overall same-store sales growth for Dunkin’ Donuts has been declining. The company had negative same-store sales growth in 2008 and 2009.
Dunkin’ Brands Has a Nearly 100% Franchise Model
Benefits to a franchise model include low need for capital, more focus on brand in marketing and menus, and a potential to penetrate faster into the market.
Baskin-Robbins’ Four Year Revenue Trend
As of 2014, there were about 2,500 Baskin-Robbins locations in the United States and about 5,000 locations in the international market.
Dunkin’ Donuts’ National and International Sales
Dunkin’ Donuts’ combined revenue from national as well as international units was $569 million in 2014. Of that, $548 million came from the US market alone.
Why Nike Is Able to Turn a Profit in E-Commerce
The Nike+ Training Club clocked ~17 million downloads by 1Q15. The app is now available in 18 languages, creating the framework for a global community.
NBA Sponsorship Bid: An Adidas Timeout and a NKE and UA Jump Ball
The success of Nike’s and UA’s signature offerings may have spurred Adidas to change its strategy, such as signing more NBA stars and developing product.
How Innovation Is Driving Sales at Nike
While Nike derives most of its revenues from footwear products, it also sparks innovation in apparel technologies, such as Aeroloft, Dri-FIT, and Nike Pro.
Why Consumer Stocks Could Underperform
Consumer stocks could underperform if earnings don’t catch up with expectations.
Why Volatility Has Increased in the Stock and Bond Markets
Volatility has increased in both the stock and bond markets. The last three months have seen subdued retail sales despite lower oil prices.
Will Retailers Benefit from Higher Disposable Income?
The BEA reported an increase of 0.9% or $103.4 billion in disposable income for the month of January 2015, compared to the prior month.
The Must-Know Possibilities of a Subdued US Economy
Poor consumption could lead to a subdued US economy. Bad weather is one reason for sluggish sales.
Over 50% of Restaurant Operators Had Capital Expenditures in January
The Current Situation Index for the restaurant industry’s capital expenditure in January 2015 was 100.2. It declined month-over-month from 102.
What Does the Restaurant Performance Index Show Investors?
The National Restaurant Association tracks the restaurant industry’s health and outlook in the US. It releases the Restaurant Performance Index every month.
Higher Disposable Income: A Reason for Restaurants to Cheer
Disposable income increased by 40 basis points month-over-month in January. On a YoY (year-over-year) basis, disposable income increased 9.5%.
Retail Trade Indicators Reflect Dunkin’ Brands Channel Development
Food services and drinking places—including restaurants—and grocery store sales data are two sub components of the retail trade data.
Is the Life Time Fitness Deal a Setup?
Private equity transactions like the Life Time Fitness merger often have attractive spreads, but that’s because there is added risk.
Could the Life Time Fitness Deal Get Competitive?
The critical question is what sort of process—if any—did Life Time Fitness run? We’ll find out once the preliminary proxy comes out.
Transaction Basics of the Life Time Fitness Merger
The Life Time Fitness merger is a private equity transaction. Shareholders will receive $72.10 in cash per share.
Subdued Retail Sales Could Hurt Consumer Stocks
The last three months have seen subdued retail sales despite lower oil prices.
Macy’s Offers Cautious Outlook for Fiscal 2015
Macy’s fiscal 2015 outlook expects total sales to be up 1% and diluted EPS in the range of $4.70 to $4.80.
Analyzing Lululemon’s Revenues By Geographical Segment
The company grew its revenues at a compound annual growth rate of more than 35% over the past five years to come in at $1.6 billion in fiscal 2014.
Why Marcato hires adviser for InterContinental strategic review
InterContinental Hotels Group, which is incorporated in Great Britain, franchises, leases, manages, or owns over 4,700 hotels and 688,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories, with more than 1,100 hotels in its development pipeline.
Must-know guide to the Walt Disney Company’s competitors
Being a diversified entertainment company, Disney faces a number of competitors in its various segments.