FINANCE

J.C. Penney Q3 profit rises 63%

BY CSA STAFF

Plano, Texas — J.C. Penney reported a better-than-expected increase in third-quarter profit Friday, crediting controlled costs and positive response to its newest exclusive brands, which include Liz Claiborne and MNG by Mango, and its Sephora in-store cosmetic boutiques.

The chain posted a profit of $44 million in the period ended Oct. 30, compared with $27 million a year ago. Total sales increased 0.2% to $4.19 billion, up from $4.18 billion in the third quarter last year. Same-store sales rose 1.9%.

“We planned for our new merchandising initiatives to begin to take hold in the second half, and it’s playing out this way. At the same time, our strengths in sourcing, and planning and allocation have allowed us to offer very sharp price points and to flow inventory into our stores in a way that reflects the ongoing trend of customers buying closer to need. Even including the impact of our strategic decision to wind down our catalog business, our improving sales combined with our focus on managing expenses allowed us to maintain strong profitability,” said Myron E. (Mike) Ullman, III, chairman and CEO, J.C. Penney.

Overall, the strongest merchandise results were in shoes and men’s apparel, and geographically, the best performances were in the southeast and southwest regions of the country, Ullman said.

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Hibbett Sports opens at Northshore Plaza

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Portland, Texas — Hibbit Sports has opened a 4,000-sq.-ft. store at Northshore Plaza, in Portland, Texas.

The shopping center is owned by New York City-based Centro Properties Group.

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Expansion of Parque Dom Pedro in Brazil opens

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Beachwood, Ohio — Developers Diversified Realty Corp. announced that the company’s joint venture in Brazil, Sonae Sierra Brasil, has opened a nearly 60,000-sq.-ft. expansion at Parque Dom Pedro Shopping, now a 1.3 million-sq.-ft. enclosed mall in Campinas, Brazil.

Sonae Sierra Brasil is a fully integrated owner, manager and developer of shopping centers in Brazil, and is a joint venture between Developers Diversified and Sonae Sierra, headquartered in Portugal. Sonae Sierra Brasil owns and manages 10 shopping centers in Brazil, totaling 3.9 million sq. ft.

The Parque Dom Pedro expansion opened fully leased and features local, national and international retailers including Nike and Adidas. The center currently features over 400 retailers and restaurants including Walmart, Zara, FNAC, C&A, Renner, Riachuelo, Etna, Centauro, and Telha Norte.

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