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Gap Inc. 2Q earnings up 19%

BY CSA STAFF

SAN FRANCISCO Gap Inc. Thursday reported that net earnings for the second quarter ended Aug. 4 increased 19% to $152 million, or 19 cents per share on a diluted basis, compared with $128 million, or 15 cents per share on a diluted basis, for the second quarter of last year.

Second quarter net sales were down 1% to $3.69 billion, compared with $3.71 billion for the second quarter of last year. Comparable-store sales decreased 5%, compared with a decrease of 5% as reported for the second quarter of 2006. The company’s online sales for the second quarter increased 26% to $172 million, compared with $136 million for the second quarter of last year.

“During the second quarter, we made solid progress stabilizing our business, streamlining our organization and importantly, hiring our new chairman and ceo, Glenn Murphy,” said Bob Fisher, a member of Gap Inc.’s board of directors. “I am confident that under Glenn’s leadership and the creative direction set by our brand presidents, we will continue to make improvements to the business and deliver improved returns to our shareholders.”

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Children’s Place comps drop 1%

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SECAUCUS, N.J. The Children’s Place Retail Stores today reported that consolidated net sales for the second quarter ended Aug. 4 increased 7% to $424.3 million compared to $395.6 million last year. Second quarter sales were comprised of $290.5 million from The Children’s Place brand, an 8% increase over last year, and $133.8 million from Disney Store, a 6% increase over last year. Consolidated comparable-store sales decreased 1% in the quarter. The Children’s Place brand’s comparable-store sales decreased 1% versus last year’s 13% increase. Disney Store’s comparable-store sales were flat, compared to last year’s 15% increase. Preliminary net loss for the second quarter was $27.1 million.

The company reported that consolidated net sales for the six-month period ended Aug. 4 increased 10% to $903.2 million compared to $822.1 million last year.  Sales for the six-month period were comprised of $646.5 million from The Children’s Place brand, a 9% increase over last year, and $256.7 million from Disney Store, an 11% increase over last year. Consolidated comparable-store sales increased 2% for the six-month period.  The Children’s Place brand’s comparable-store sales increased 1% on top of last year’s 12% increase.  Disney Store’s comparable-store sales increased 3% compared to last year’s 16% increase. Preliminary net loss for the six-month period was $14 million.

 

The company said it anticipates reporting earnings per share of $2.25 to $2.40 for fiscal 2007. This updated guidance includes the $3.4 million, pre-tax, in stock option investigation and related expenses incurred in the first half of fiscal 2007.

 

Ezra Dabah, ceo of The Children’s Place Retail Stores, commented, “We remain cautiously optimistic regarding the second half and are pleased with month-to-date sales trends. However, in view of the sales and margin trends we have experienced through the first half, we believe it’s best to take a conservative view for the remainder of the year.”

 

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Nichols named to Pacific Sunwear board

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ANAHEIM, Calif. Pacific Sunwear of California today announced the appointment of Grace Nichols to the company’s board of directors.

Nichols has worked for more than 20 years at Limited Brands, including fourteen years as ceo of Victoria’s Secret Stores. Nichols retired from the ceo role in January. Prior to joining Limited Brands, she held various positions at The Broadway and Weinstock’s, divisions of Carter, Hawley Hale Stores Inc.

Sally Frame Kasaks, ceo and chairman of the board of the company, stated, “I am very pleased to have Grace Nichols join our board of directors. We believe Grace will be a great asset to the ongoing plans of our company.”

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