Wal-Mart Settles With Overcharged Customers
Bentonville, Ark., As settlement with Wisconsin customers overcharged for bulk items such as grapes and grind-it-yourself coffee, Wal-Mart has agreed to pay $25,117.
State weight inspectors discovered that Wal-Mart was adding the weight of the bag when calculating charges by weight for the bulk products. For commodities sold by weight, the declared weight must be exclusive of the packaging.
Tuesday Morning Reports Sales for 4Q, Year
Dallas, Tuesday Morning Corp. posted net sales of $335.2 million in its recently completed fourth quarter, up 0.8% from the year before. For the fiscal year, sales increased 3.8% to $931.8 million. Comp-store sales declined 5.3% for the quarter and fell 4.0% for the year.
December Comps Gain 3.2%
New York City, Aflurry of shopping in late December helped retailers post a moderately strong month of sales. According to the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), year-over-year comp-store sales for the industry increased 3.2%. This year’s tally bested December 2004, which showed comp-store-sales growth of 2.7%.
For the two-month holiday period, comps grew 3.5%, much stronger than the 2.3% gain registered in the same two-month period in 2004. For all of 2005, chain-store comps grew 3.7%, just off the pace of the previous year. The world’s largest retailer, Wal-Mart Stores, finished the month with comps of 2.2%, near the low end of its previous guidance, while rival Target Corp. posted a gain of 4.7%. One of the glaring sales disappointments is Gap Inc., which posted a comp-store decline of 9.0% in the month. In January, the ICSC expects same-store sales to increase 3.0% to 3.5%.
Other notable comp-store performances include:
Abercrombie & Fitch, 29.0% gain
Chico’s FAS, 16.4% gain
Costco Wholesale, 7.0% gain
Guess?, 17.5% gain
New York & Co.; 10.9% gain
Sharper Image, 15.0% decline
United Retail, 16.0% gain
Wet Seal, 38.5% gain
Wilsons Leather, 7.7% decline