Kohl’s to Cut Prices After Thanksgiving
New York City Kohl’s Corp. said it plans to increase its holiday-marketing campaign and cut prices on products to attract bargain hunters on Black Friday.
The company has unveiled a “25 Deals of Christmas” initiative, a new program that will offer consumers various deals and discounts throughout the holiday season.
Last week, Kohl’s reported sharply lower quarterly profits and warned of worse-than-expected results for the rest of the year if deteriorating sales trends continue.
Barnes & Noble posts 3Q loss, lowers outlook
NEW YORK Barnes & Noble reported sales for the third quarter of $1.1 billion, a 4.4% decrease compared to the prior year. Barnes & Noble store sales decreased 4.4% to $971 million, with comparable-store sales decreasing 7.4% for the quarter.
The third quarter net loss was $18.4 million or 34 cents per share.
“A significant drop off in customer traffic and consumer spending impacted our business in the third quarter,” said Steve Riggio, ceo of Barnes & Noble. “In a challenging environment with a comparable-store sales decline of 4.6% this year, the company has aggressively managed expenses to operate profitably. Furthermore, the company is taking measures to reduce expenses for the balance of this year and next.”
For the fourth quarter, the company expects comparable-store sales at Barnes & Noble stores to decline 6% to 9%. Fourth quarter earnings per share is expected to be in a range of $1.40 to $1.70. For the full year, the company now expects comparable-store sales at Barnes & Noble stores to decline 5% to 6%. Full year earnings per share is expected to be in a range of $1.30 to $1.60, compared to previous guidance of $1.70 to $1.90.
Dollar General pushes back Thanksgiving sales
GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. Dollar General announced that it will offer holiday deals a full weak ahead of the traditional Thanksgiving holiday shopping weekend.
Starting the Sunday before Thanksgiving, customers will find special savings on items such as DVD players, holiday decorations and gaming systems.
Promotions will continue during the Thanksgiving weekend with deals on cell phones, jeans and MP3 players.