Wal-Mart, Target Show Healthy Comps
New York City, Early indications of July sales appear to be less satisfying than June’s 5.3% surge. But there were plenty of positive numbers reported.
“Concerns about high gas prices were dismissed yet again as shoppers hit the stores to dig into very cool fashions for summer vacations and prepare for the early phases of back-to-school—with fall transitional fashions selling at full price that will help margins at some apparel retailers,” said Richard Hastings, VP and senior retail sector analyst for New York City-based Bernard Sands LLC.
Wal-Mart Stores reported 4.4% increase in comp-store sales.
Target Corp. comps increased 5.5% for the month.
Abercrombie & Fitch posted a comp-store sales increase of 22%.
American Eagle Outfitters posted a comps increase of 17.1%.
Gap Inc. reported flat comps for the month.
TJX Cos. posted a comp-store sales increase of 1% for the month.
Albertsons To Test In-Store Health Clinics
Boise, Idaho, Albertsons has signed a deal with Take Care Health Systems to test its in-store Health Centers in six Osco Drug Stores in the greater Kansas City market. The clinics will be staffed by certified nurse practitioners who will provide diagnosis and treatment of common family illnesses, administer vaccines and perform diagnostic screenings. Customers will be able to visit the clinics without an appointment.
CVS Sees Quarterly Profit, Sales Rise
Chicago, CVS Corp. reported an 18% increase in quarterly profit and a 5.1% rise in July sales in stores open at least a year. The increases are attributed to the greater demand for prescription drugs and more general merchandise sales.
CVS surpassed its expected profits. Analysts had expected a profit of 31 cents per share, but the drugstore chain’s profit rose 33 cents per share to $275.9 million. Last year, profits were $234.5 million, or 28 cents per share.
Preliminary figures revealed a 6.1% increase in pharmacy same-store sales and a 2.9% increase in same-store general merchandise comparable sales for the month of July. CVS will release its final July sales numbers on Thursday.