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Big Lots profit takes hit in Q2; announces executive changes

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Columbus, Ohio — Big Lots reported Thursday that net income for the quarter ended July 28 slipped to $22.1 million, from $35.7 million in the year-ago period.

Sales in the United States edged up 1.7% to $1.18 billion, from $1.16 billion, and domestic same-store sales decreased 1.9% for the quarter.

In Canada, the company recorded a loss for the quarter of $3.3 million, widened from its loss of $1.2 million last year.

Big Lots has lowered its guidance for the year. It also announced a lineup of organizational changes, including the resignation of executive VP of merchandising Douglas Wurl. Stepping in will be John Martin, who has been serving as executive VP administration but served as executive VP merchandising prior. He has been promoted to executive VP and chief merchandising officer.

Other promotions include Lisa M. Bachmann to executive VP and COO; Charles W. Haubiel II to executive VP, chief administrative officer; Timothy A. Johnson to senior VP, CFO; and Michael A. Schlonsky to senior VP human resources.

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Target Facebook campaign raises $2.5 million for schools

BY CSA STAFF

MINNEAPOLIS — Target’s charitable Facebook campaign garnered more than three million votes in leas than four weeks, the company reported. Through its Give With Target campaign, the company was able to reach its goal of awarding $2.5 million in Target gift cards to schools across the country two weeks earlier than planned.

“We are thrilled with the public’s response to Give With Target and the record level of engagement we saw through Facebook,” said Laysha Ward, president of community relations, Target. “Thanks to the millions of people who voted, Target will award thousands of schools with Target GiftCards to use for classroom resources just in time for the start of the school year.”

Give With Target resulted in the highest engagement of any social media campaign in Target’s history.

From New York to California, more than 30,000 schools will receive Target gift cards as a result of the Facebook component of Give With Target. For every 25 votes a school received, it earned a $25 GiftCard from Target. The five schools with the most votes are:

  • St. Charles School, Staten Island N.Y. – $4,375

  • Andrew P. Hill High School, San Jose, Calif. – $3,475

  • Northside Elementary School, Benson, Minn. – $2,750

  • St. Hubert’s Catholic Girls H.S., Philadelphia, Pa. – $2,475

  • Mooseheart School, Mooseheart Ill. – $2,400

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PacSun sees 2Q sales growth

BY CSA STAFF

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Pacific Sunwear of California reported that net sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2012 ended July 28, were $210.3 million versus net sales of $200.9 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2011 ended July 30, 2011.

On a GAAP basis, the xompany reported a loss from continuing operations of $17.5 million, or 26 cents per share, for the second quarter of fiscal 2012, compared with a loss from continuing operations of $17.5 million, or 26 cents per share, for the second quarter of fiscal 2011.

"Our 5% comparable-store sales, 260 basis point increase in merchandise margins, and positive operating cash flow for the second quarter further demonstrate our belief that customers are beginning to rediscover PacSun, including our improved merchandising and brand mix, and our distinct Golden State of Mind brand identity," said Gary Schoenfeld, president and CEO. "Newer brands helped drive a 7% comps in our men’s business, which represents our biggest increase in Men’s since 2004. Women’s continued to improve as well with a 2% comp and higher margins, and we also achieved a 15% increase in online sales."

For the third quarter, the company is expecting a non-GAAP net loss per share from continuing operations of between negative 8 cents and flat. Same-store sales are expected to be between negative 2% to plus 2%.

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