Zumiez Inc. Sales Up 7.9% in 3Q
Everett, Wash. Zumiez Inc. reported that its net sales for the third quarter ended Nov. 1 increased by 7.9% to $112.2 million from $104.0 million in the same period of the year before.
The company posted net income for the quarter of $6.8 million vs. $8.1 million in the third quarter of the prior fiscal year.
Same-store sales decreased 5.8% for the third quarter of fiscal 2008 compared to a 13.2% increase in the third quarter of fiscal 2007.
“Given the recent economic events and their impact on the retail industry, namely a slowdown in traffic levels and a heightened promotional environment, we recently adopted lowered sales and earnings expectations for the remainder of 2008. We still believe that our merchandise mix continues to be one of the most diverse and compelling in the industry and that our stores remain a destination for our consumers,” said Rick Brooks, CEO of Zumiez.
Walmart to partner with Feeding America
BENTONVILLE, Ark. Walmart announced that its supercenters and Neighborhood Markets will partner with Feeding America, the nation’s largest charitable hunger-relief organization, to provide an estimated 90 million pounds of food annually — the equivalent of 70 million meals — to families in need by the end of 2009.
In addition, the Wal-Mart Foundation announced a $2.5 million cash donation to Feeding America. These funds will be used to help Feeding America food banks improve warehouse capacity and purchase 20 new refrigerated trucks to safely transport food from Walmart stores to food pantries, soup kitchens and other Feeding America agencies.
“We are pleased to partner with Feeding America during a time of nearly unprecedented need and provide nutritious meals for their families,” said Bill Simon, evp and coo of Walmart U.S. “Given the current state of the economy and the increased burden on neighborhood food pantries and soup kitchens, we are enlisting our entire network of stores and clubs to participate in this food donation program to provide relief to communities throughout the country.”
Despite 3Q growth, Ross cautious on 4Q outlook
PLEASANTON, Calif. Ross Stores reported that earnings per share for the third quarter increased 22% to 44 cents, from 36 cents for the same period last year. Net earnings for the third quarter were $57.3 million, up from $48.7 million for the third quarter last year. Fiscal 2008 third quarter sales increased 6% to $1.555 billion, with comparable-store sales even with the prior year period.
Michael Balmuth, vice chairman, president and ceo, commented, “We are pleased with our solid third quarter earnings growth, especially considering the very challenging macro-economic and retail environment. The ongoing resilience and flexibility of our off-price business model enabled us to respond to these external pressures by further reducing both inventories and expenses. These actions, along with better-than-expected shortage results from our annual physical inventory during the quarter, enabled us to protect profit margins and deliver earnings per share at the high end of our original guidance.”
Ross said it now expects fourth quarter comparable-store sales to decline 1% to 3% and earnings per share to be in the range of 69 cents to 75 cents, compared to 70 cents in the 2007 fourth quarter.