American Girl opens in Denver
New York American Girl has opened a store at Park Meadows shopping mall in Denver. It is the company’s eighth store to date.
“Considering there are only eight in the country, it’s a thrill for any shopping center to have an American Girl store. I imagine most little girls and their moms in Denver are spending their spring break at American Girl,” said Adam Metz, CEO, General Growth Properties, owner of Park Meadows.
The new location features a complete assortment of the company’s popular historical and contemporary dolls, along with a selection of doll outfits, accessories, Dress Like Your Doll clothing and the company’s best-selling books. Girls also can have their doll’s hair done at the Doll Hair Salon and design a doll-sized T-shirt in the “Creativi-tees” boutique, as well as participate in girl-friendly events based on the company’s books throughout the year.
Books-A-Million offering special deals for educators
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. Books-A-Million announced that all Books-A-Million stores will be hosting Educators’ Day on Saturday, April 17. The Books-A-Million Educators’ Day will be a special day for educators with extra savings, exclusive offers and prizes and free food and beverages. the company reported.
In addition, Books-A-Million announced that from April 17 through April 23, educators will also receive 25% off their classroom purchases with their Books-A-Million Educator Discount Card.
Cost Plus improves comps, earnings
OAKLAND, Calif. Cost Plus reported that net sales for the fourth quarter ended Jan. 30 were $320 million, a 4.6% decrease from the $335.4 million in net sales for the fourth quarter ended Jan. 31, 2009. Same-store sales for the fourth quarter decreased 2.5% compared with a 6.1% decrease last year.
Net sales for fiscal 2009 were $869.5 million, an 8.6% decrease from $950.9 million in fiscal 2008. For fiscal 2009, same-store sales decreased 7.1% driven by a reduction in the average ticket, the company reported.
Barry Feld, president and CEO commented, “We are pleased with the return to profitability in our most important quarter. The company’s core competency in unique and affordable seasonal gift-giving and entertaining products, augmented with a new customer acquisition campaign, reversed the negative trend in customer count and drove significantly more profitable sales in the quarter than a year ago.”
Net income on a GAAP basis for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009 was $21.1 million or 95 cents per diluted share versus a loss of $18.3 million or 83 cents per diluted share for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008. Net loss for fiscal 2009 was $63.3 million or $2.87 per diluted share compared with a net loss of $102.7 million or $4.65 per diluted share last year.
For the first quarter of fiscal 2010, the company expects net sales in the range of $185 million to $188 million, based on a same-store sales increase in the range of 3% to 5%.
For the first quarter of fiscal 2010, the company is projecting a loss from continuing operations before interest and taxes in the range of $11 million to $13 million versus a loss of $22.3 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2009.