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Lowe’s Q4 profit tops estimates

BY Marianne Wilson

Mooresville, N.C. — Lowe’s Co. reported fourth quarter profits that topped Wall Street estimates, helped rebuilding efforts in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and general remodeling activity. The retailer also said it authorized a new $5 billion share buyback program that it expects to use in the next two year

Lowe’s earned $288 million in the fourth quarter ended on Feb. 1, compared with $322 million. (Lowe’s fiscal year ends on the Friday nearest the end of January; therefore, fourth quarter and fiscal year 2011 included an extra week compared to 2012.)

Sales for the fourth quarter decreased 5% to $11.0 billion, from $11.6 billion in fourth quarter 2011. Same-store sales increased 1.9% as builders started single-family housing at the fastest rate in four years, boosting spending by contractors.

“We delivered solid results in the fourth quarter,” commented Robert A. Niblock, Lowe’s chairman, president and CEO. “Our results are a testament to the team’s success in driving more balanced performance across the quarter, our response to the demand created by recovery efforts in the wake of superstorm Sandy, and the momentum we’re creating with our initiative

For the fiscal year, sales were $50.5 billion, a 0.6% increase over fiscal year 2011.

The world’s second-largest home improvement retailer said its net earnings were $288 million, or 26 cents a share, in the fourth quarter ended on Feb. 1, compared with $322 million, or 26 cents a share, a year earlier.

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Founder of Barnes & Noble to bid for chain’s retail assets

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Leonard Riggio, founder and chairman of Barnes & Noble, has told the company’s board that he wants to make an offer for its retail business. Riggio is Barnes & Noble’s largest shareholder, owning nearly 30% of the company.

The offer would not include Nook Media, Barnes & Noble’s e-book division.

Barnes & Noble said in a statement that it had formed a special board committee of three directors to consider Riggio’s proposal. There is set timetable for the process.

The filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission says Riggio will seek to negotiate a price with Barnes & Noble’s board and pay for the deal with cash and debt.

Riggio is making the offer in order to facilitate the company’s review of its strategic options for separating its Nook business, according to the filing.

Barnes & Noble operates 689 bookstores in 50 states and 674 college bookstores.

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Mar-12-2013 02:54 am

Retailing is also a good business to engage with. Retailing could turn out as a big company someday. - J. Kale Flagg

S.Hance says:
Mar-12-2013 02:54 am

Retailing is also a good business to engage with. Retailing could turn out as a big company someday. - J. Kale Flagg

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Body Central reshapes merchant group

BY CSA STAFF

Specialty apparel retailer Body Central has transformed its merchandising organization with four high level hires and the departure of former chief merchant Beth Angelo.

The operator of 276 stores under the Body Central and Body Shop banners said Angelo resigned from her position as chief merchandising officer and EVP last Friday. Her responsibilities will be assumed by Andrea Jackson who joins the company as SVP/GMM and will be responsible for merchandising in all Body Central Stores. She most recently served as a DMM at Sears where she was responsible for juniors’ apparel and women’s dresses and outerwear. She previously spent several years in the buying and merchandising departments of Wet Seal and at Macy’s.

Other new hires included the appointment of Patti Simigran as SVP of e-commerce and direct merchandising, Debbie Martin as SVP of trend and design and Grant Simmons as vp of e-commerce marketing.

"These four leaders bring diverse and in-depth retailing knowledge in the areas of merchandising, branding, marketing, and strategic planning to Body Central," said Body Central CEO Brian Woolf. He also thanked departing head merchant Angelo for her efforts. "Separately, I want to thank Beth for her years of hard work and dedication to Body Central. She has been instrumental in building Body Central into a business with over $300 million in annual sales and we appreciate her contributions. I wish her the best in her future endeavors."

Simigran joins Body Central from Maurice’s, where she served as chief merchandising office. Prior to that, she was chief merchandising officer at Tabi International, a leading Canadian specialty retailer. She also held roles at David’s Bridal, Sears Holdings, and Land’s End.

Martin joins Body Central from Lane Bryant where she served as SVP of design, trend and product development and was responsible for vertical product integration. She also held roles at Chico’s, Lis Claiborne and Talbot’s.

Simmons joins Body Central from Coldwater Creek, where he held numerous positions in the e-commerce and marketing groups, most recently as division vp of e-commerce.

 

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