FINANCE

Nordstrom Q1 profit and sales disappoint

BY Marianne Wilson

Seattle — Nordstrom Inc. reported its first quarter net income fell a greater-than-expected 3%, hurt by weak demand for spring merchandise and softer performance in the Northeast and Midwest. The company also lowered its full-year sales forecast.

The results were a rare miss for the upscale department store chain whose shoppers have proved resilient throughout the uncertain economy.

Nordstrom’s net income in the quarter ended May 4 fell to $145 million, down from $149 million a year ago. Revenue increased 5% to $2.75 billion, missing Wall Street expectations. Same-store sales were up 2.7%.

Nordstrom’s top performing categories included makeup, women’s apparel and handbags.

At the company’s outlet store division, Nordstrom Rack, net sales increased 10% to $58 million, reflecting 16 store openings since the first quarter of fiscal 2012. Same-store sales increased 0.8%.

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FINANCE

Stages Stores Q1 loss widens

BY Marianne Wilson

Houston — Stage Stores reported a loss of $6.9 million for the first quarter, compared with a loss of $418,000 for the year-ago period, as the retailer dealt with cool weather that put a damper on sales of spring apparel.

"The unseasonably cool weather in March and April, particularly when compared to last year’s warm spring, strongly impacted our sales performance," president and CEO Michael Glazer said.

Revenue rose 4% to $378.6 million from $365.7 million. Same-store sales inched up 0.7%.

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REAL ESTATE

Wegmans delays Massachusetts store opening

BY Dan Berthiaume

New York – Wegmans is pushing back the scheduled opening of a new store in Newton, Mass., until spring 2014. The grocery retailer is citing construction delays and demands of other projects, such as the upcoming grand opening of a replacement store in Rochester, N.Y., this Sunday, for causing the later opening of the new suburban Boston location.

Wegmans currently operates one store in Massachusetts, a 138,000-sq.-ft. facility in the town of Northborough.

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