Aeropostale Comp-Store Sales Rise
New York City, Aeropostale on Wednesday said its November comp-store sales rose a meager 1% compared with a 7.3% gain in the same period last year. Total sales for the four-week period ended Nov. 25 advanced 11.5% to $149.7 million, compared to $134.3 million during the same period last year.
For the year-to-date, comp-store sales rose 1.7% compared with a 0.9% gain last year. Total sales increased 16.9% to $1.06 billion from $903.4 million during the same period a year ago.
Weak November for Wal-Mart
Chicago, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. predicted a rare decline in monthly sales on Saturday, even as shoppers crowded stores on Black Friday. Wal-Mart estimated that November comp-store sales fell 0.1% at its U.S. stores open at least a year, marking the company’s first monthly comp-store sales decline since April 1996.
The retailer will provide a final monthly sales report, including details of Black Friday sales, on Thursday. Wal-Mart had expected comp-store sales to be flat compared with the same period last year, which many Wall Street analysts had viewed as disappointing. Wal-Mart’s four-week November sales period ended on Friday.
Couche-Tard Profit Up 35%
Toronto, Couche-Tard Inc. said profit in its second quarter ended Oct. 15 rose 35% on more profitable gasoline sales. Net income climbed to $74.7 million, from $55.5 million a year earlier. Sales for the three months rose 15% to $2.76 billion from $2.39 billion.
The company, which gets more than 60% of sales from gasoline, last month agreed to acquire 236 stations and stores in the United States from Shell Oil Co., giving it about 5,205 outlets in the United States and Canada.