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Aeropostale net income drops by two-thirds in Q4; to open net 38 stores this year

BY Katherine Boccaccio

New York — Aeropostale Inc. reported Thursday that profit for the quarter ended Jan. 28 dropped to $26.1 million, from $83.8 million a year earlier, hurt by heightened supply-chain expenses.

Revenue dipped 4% to $808.4 million in the quarter, and same-store sales fell 9%. Results edged Wall Street’s expected $807.6 million in revenue.

For the full fiscal year 2011, Aeropostale posted a profit of $69.5 million, compared with $231.3 million last year. Revenue to $2.34 billion, from $2.40 billion in fiscal 2010.

“While our overall financial performance for the year was disappointing, we believe 2011 was a pivotal inflection point for our organization," said Thomas Johnson, CEO.

For fiscal 2012, Aeropostale said it plans to open 18 Aeropostale stores, 30 P.S. from Aeropostale stores, remodel five stores, and close 10 Aeropostale stores.

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Ann Inc. Q4 profit plummets; will open 65 stores and close 30 in 2012

BY Katherine Boccaccio

New York City — Ann Inc. reported Friday that net income for its fiscal fourth quarter dropped to $2.2 million from $8 million in the year-ago period, hurt by heavy promotions at namesake stores.

Sales increased to $566.7 million, from $515.3 million, and same-store sales for fourth quarter rose 5.3%.

By brand, same-store sales plummeted 10.9% at namesake stores, but rose 8.1% at Loft stores. Strength in the online channel boosted overall same-store results.

“Our overall bottom-line results were impacted by significantly higher-than-anticipated promotional activity in the Ann Taylor stores channel,” said Kay Krill, president and CEO.

For the full year, sales edged up to $2.2 billion from $2 billion in 2010, and same-store sales increased 6.8%. Profit rose to $86.6 million, compared with $73.4 million last year.

The company said it is on track to open 65 new stores in fiscal 2012, which will be partially offset by downsizes at Ann Taylor stores and about 30 store closures.

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Delhaize to close 146 stores on falling profits

BY CSA STAFF

NEW YORK — Belgian supermarket operator Delhaize Group said that its fourth quarter net profit dropped 48%, hurt by impairments resulting from its restructuring. It also announced that Mats Jansson will be the new chairman of the board, and that Pierre Bouchut will succeed Stefan Descheemaeker as CFO, effective March 19.

The company, whose U.S. holdings include the Food Lion, Hannaford Bros. and Sweetbay banners, said it will accelerate the revamp of its stores in the United States and Belgium to increase its competitiveness.

It will close 146 underperforming stores, mainly in the United States. The company will also convert existing supermarkets to its discount formula Bottom Dollar Food and open between 20 and 50 new stores this year.

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