Carle Place, N.Y. – A shift in the Easter holiday from the third to the fourth quarter and severe weather negatively impacted financial results at 1-800-Flowers.com during the third quarter of fiscal 2014. 1-800-Flowers reported a net loss of $1.42 million, compared to net profit of $2.64 million in the prior fiscal year.
Net sales dropped 9% to $139.92 million, from $144.55 million.
“The results of our fiscal third quarter reflect the shift of the Easter holiday into our fourth quarter this year, compared with last year when the holiday was in our fiscal third quarter, as well as the impact of the severe winter weather experienced across much of the country beginning in January and culminating in the storm that hit on February 13, thereby disrupting the key Valentine holiday,” said CEO Jim McCann. “Regarding the Easter shift, we anticipate capturing all of the top and bottom-line benefits associated with the holiday across all three of our business segments during our current fiscal fourth quarter.”