Guess Q3 income up 7.8%, raises outlook
Los Angeles — Guess said its fiscal third-quarter net income rose 7.8% to $69.1 million from $64.1 million a year ago, surpassing analysts forecasts. The company lifted its full-year earnings forecast.
Revenue for the quarter ended Oct. 30 rose 17% to a record $613.9 million, also topping predictions, with a strong boost from international sales.
The company’s retail stores in North America generated revenue of $253.7 million in the third quarter, up 5.9% from the same period a year ago. Same-store sales increased 1.5%.
“We are very pleased with our third quarter performance, which exceeded our expectations for top-line growth, operating margin and earnings,” said Paul Marciano, CEO. “We grew all of our businesses and made significant progress on several key initiatives. We expanded our retail presence, opening 84 new stores around the world. Our international expansion continues to drive our growth, with Europe and Asia combining to contribute two-thirds of this quarter’s revenue increase.”
Tiffany raises forecast as profits surge 27%
New York City — Tiffany & Co. reported a 27% gain in third-quarter profit, topping analysts’ estimates, as sales rose globally. The jewelry retailer raised its full-year earnings forecast.
Net income rose to $55.1 million, from $43.3 million in the year-ago period, better than analysts had expected.
Revenue climbed 14% to $681.7 million, topping estimates. Revenue in the United States, Canada and Latin America and South America, which accounts for about half of Tiffany’s business, rose 9%. Revenue rose 24% in the Asia-Pacific region, 22% in Europe and 12% in Japan.
Same-store sales rose 7% globally, and were up 8% in the Americas.
Tiffany is forecasting a strong holiday.
“We are now a few weeks into the all-important two-month holiday season and sales growth is exceeding our expectations, although the majority of the holiday season is certainly still ahead of us," said chief executive Michael Kowalski.
American Eagle launches mobile gift cards
Pittsburgh — American Eagle Outfitters has launched a mobile gift-card program.
Gift-card senders choose from four holiday designs within each AEO brand — American Eagle Outfitters, aerie and 77kids, and can also add a personal message of up to 100 characters. The mobile gift card is texted to the recipient’s mobile phone, and can be used to shop online or in any of the company’s stores worldwide. An email message will also be sent to the recipient in case the text message is missed. When purchased through American Eagle’s Facebook pages, mobile gift-card buyers can choose to post a message on their wall.
The company has partnered with Transaction Wireless, a leading provider of virtual and mobile gift cards, to power its mobile gift card offerings. TW’s wGift technology platform enables the easy, safe purchase of virtual gift cards directly from any digital device, including any Internet-enabled cell phone. The platform is turnkey and completely scalable to help companies and brands keep up with the ever-changing mobile and social media landscape.