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Despite the gloomy numbers, there was one bright spot for Finish Line: its sales within Macy's stores increased by 35 percent over this quarter. Given Macy's general troubles with customer traffic over the past few months, this is an impressive performance that shows the shop-in-shops Finish Line has opened are apparently
Mar 24 2017
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These changes were supposed to drive a steady and sustainable uplift in (consumer) spending rather than a one-off spike in sales, but it is increasingly clear that this strategy is not

Sales are not impressive, but investors are most concerned with profitability and long-term value. These companies have done a better job keeping the business running on the operational side and delivering on

The 1 percent uplift is modest, but it is far better than the string of poor numbers the company has been posting for well over a year. That said, the figures do not show that all the problems at Tiffany have been

That said, the figures do not show that all the problems at Tiffany have been

We believe that these results demonstrate the Family Dollar acquisition is paying dividends and remains firmly on course in terms of the savings and benefits Dollar Tree promised

All in all, it is safe to say that A&F's recovery program, which showed some signs of promise at the start of this year, is now firmly off

Not only are total sales sequentially worse than last quarter, but revenues at Abercrombie have slumped and net income is down by over 80

This will help restaurants and will lift spending moderately. That said, the end of the election does not spell the end of all uncertainty: This is a time of change for many and quite a number of consumers are concerned about the impact of a Trump presidency. This may well create a ceiling of

Meal kits have become more popular over recent years, but their rise has been far from meteoric and they remain a relatively niche part of the food

Given the perishable nature of the products, this type of operation is complex and costly to run – especially so when you factor in the free delivery often offered. This is one of the reasons why the services are not very profitable. However, the providers are limited as to how far they can increase prices because consumers won't pay above a certain level per

To a certain extent you can tailor the meals to your tastes, but they do not allow for the 'I fancy this tonight' type flexibility that consumers like and can enjoy with regular grocery

While this first quarter outcome is somewhat soft, it does show that Coach remains on the right path to rebuilding its brand image and enhancing

That said, over the longer term Amazon's investment in physical should help it get a tighter grip on fulfillment costs. Amazon is playing the long

Thanks to good cost control, and some lower food input prices, Darden has managed to translate its meager sales uplifts into healthy profit

Darden isn't immune from wider trends, however we believe it will continue to buck them in the quarters

Against this backdrop of subdued growth and potentially lower margins it is not surprising that the big retailers are being cautious. They do not want to over commit on the cost front and that means keeping tight control of inventory and of

The assortment is at the heart of Banana's issues and symbolizes a brand that has simply lost its

While the sales uplifts may seem somewhat anemic, it is important to note that they are being delivered against the backdrop of a falling number of doors through which Coach

The softness in the U.S. market is disappointing given the initially positive reaction to menu changes and the introduction of hot dogs. Restaurant Brands needs to up the pace of innovation if it is to grow

There is no doubt that in the United States the market as a whole was weak across the reporting period, with lower growth in consumer expenditure on fast food and casual

Lululemon begins its new fiscal year in very much the same way it ended its last one: with strong overall sales growth fueled by the rise of online and the opening of new

...While a marked improvement on past collections, early spring and summer ranges were fairly lackluster - especially at Abercrombie (brand).feedback

Constantly changing assortment, the excitement of finding a bargain, and the sense of urgency associated with having to secure a product before it is sold out, all give consumers a reason to regularly visit

TJX is one of the reasons that U.S. department stores cannot succeed at the discount

Fortunately for Macy's, while net income has declined the group remains in the black. This gives it some room to maneuver – a luxury that other players, like Sears, don't have. However, this does not mean that Macy's has time on its

This has been a disastrous quarter for Gap and one during which all of its main engines stalled and went into reverse. While the (Old Navy) brand has been the star of the show for many quarters, the past few collections have been dull and

Aeropostale will likely emerge from Chapter 11 as a leaner entity with a smaller, but largely profitable, store base...but it does not solve the issue of relevance to the market. Rethinking the brand proposition is key to improving prospects. Chapter 11 buys Aero time and space to undertake this rethink. In itself does not provide a long-term

Apple needs to come up with a radical new innovation or product rather than just the current incremental improvements to existing products. This is the only way in which it will reinvigorate sales

The company's Nook business continues to be an unmitigated disaster. It remains clear that Nook is a business in terminal

Given the toughness of the market and the much worse performance from Walmart and department store rivals, the comparable sales uplift is very

We believe that Target performed somewhat above the market (in apparel) thanks to its more fashion-savvy shopper demographic and its strong marketing efforts around holiday looks and outfit

The worry is that the winter stock is not being sold even with deep discounts. Unfortunately, it looks like retailers will have to write-off their winter

By comparative retail standards, Amazon's level of profitability is still painfully weak. For every dollar the company takes, it makes just 0.75 of a cent in

In a sign that its turnaround efforts are paying dividends McDonald's latest results show continued

Prior to the economic downturn of 2008 the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas was key for jewelry buying. Jewelry is no longer at the top of the Christmas

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