Toys “R” Us Names President, North America
Wayne, N.J., Toys “R” Us Inc. announced that Ron Boire has been named president, Toys “R” Us, North America, effective immediately.
In this new capacity, Boire will continue to oversee all merchandising, marketing and operations for the company’s 586 stores and e-commerce business throughout the United States, and will take on additional responsibility for the company’s 67 locations and e-commerce business in Canada.
Boire joined Toys “R” Us Inc. in July 2006 as president of Toys “R” Us, U.S. Prior to joining the company, Boire was executive VP and global merchandise manager for Best Buy.
Seasonal categories aid Family Dollar sales
MATTHEWS, N.C. Family Dollar Stores reported that net sales for the four weeks ended Sept. 1 increased 3.4% to approximately $494.4 million from $478.3 million for the comparable four-week period ended Sept. 2, 2006. According to the company, the sales increase was aided by strong performance in the food and seasonal categories, primarily toys and lawn and garden, while sales of apparel were softer. Comparable-store sales for the four-week period increased 1% when compared with sales for the similar four-week period last year.
Sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2007 ended Sept. 1, were approximately $1.63 billion, or 3.4% above sales of approximately $1.58 billion for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2006 ended August 26, 2006. For the year ended Sept. 1, sales were approximately $6.8 billion, or 6.9% above sales of approximately $6.4 billion for the year ended Aug. 26, 2006.
The company reported that it anticipates earnings per diluted share for the fourth quarter to be in the range of 24 cents to 27 cents compared with 21 cents per diluted share for the fourth quarter last year. For the full year, the company currently expects net income per diluted share to be between $1.60 and $1.63 compared with $1.26 per diluted share for the prior fiscal year.
The company expects that comparable-store sales for the September period ending Oct. 6, will increase 1% to 3%.
Burlington Coat Factory 1Q sales up 2.6%
BURLINGTON, N.J. Burlington Coat Factory Warehouse announced today that net sales from continuing operations for the first quarter ended Sept. 1 were $673.9 million compared with $656.8 million for the first quarter ended Sept. 2, 2006, a 2.6% increase. These results reflect a 2% comparable-store sales decrease for the quarter. June comparable-store sales decreased 2.1%, July comparable-store sales decreased 3.7% and August comparable-store sales decreased 0.6%, compared with the same periods last year.