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US apparel retailers' June 2016 sales roundup

June proved to be a more positive month for the few US apparel retailers who still report their monthly sales, thanks to better weather cond...

US apparel retailers' May 2016 sales roundup

April showers did not bring forth May revenue flowers as the slow start to the spring season continued for the few US apparel retailers who...

Leonie Barrie | 10 May 2016

The spring season appears to be off to a slow start for the few US apparel retailers who still report their monthly sales, with cool, wet weather continuing to dampen demand for spring clothing collections.

Katie Smith | 8 Apr 2016

March proved to be a challenging month for the few US apparel retailers who still report their monthly sales, with many hampered by the early timing of Easter this year. And the outlook for April is mixed as cold weather is cooling demand for spring clothing collections. 

Katie Smith | 11 Mar 2016

February proved to be a mixed month for US apparel retailers as market volatility spooked investors and consumers, while low gas prices, positive housing data and upbeat labour market indicators suggested consumers had the means to spend.

Katie Smith | 9 Feb 2016

Hurt by adverse weather conditions, a continued shift by consumers to invest in high-value items such as cars, and a general slump after the holiday period, it's no surprise US apparel retailers suffered in January, with many reporting comparable store sales declines.

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In the most recent fourth-quarter filings from US apparel brands and retailers, Destination Maternity and Perry Ellis saw their losses narrow, while New York & Co moved to a net profit. However, Iconix Brand Group cut its outlook after swinging to a loss, Finish Line saw its net profit plummet 90%, and Cherokee Global Brands posted a mixed performance. 

In the most recent third-quarter filings from US apparel brands and retailers Gymboree, Aeropostale, Sears and New York & Co narrowed their losses, while Oxford Industries, Destination Maternity and J Crew saw theirs widen. Both The Finish Line and Men's Wearhouse swung to a loss. On a positive note, The Children's Place, Express, American Eagle Outfitters, G-III Apparel Group and Abercrombie & Fitch booked higher earnings. 

Second-quarter earnings for the retail sector as a whole are forecast to be lower than the prior month, despite easy year-on-year comparisons. The Finish Line posted a small drop in net income, Zumiez saw its profit more than halve, Cherokee Global Brands posted a double-digit decline in net earnings, while Christopher & Banks swung to a loss, and Hudson's Bay was back in the black. 

First-quarter revenue forecasts for US apparel retailers fared far worse than earnings expectations. The Finish Line said it got off to a "solid start" with double-digit profit growth, and Cherokee was pleased with a "strong" quarter, despite some headwinds. Elsewhere, Urban Outfitters revealed a mixed quarter, while Men's Wearhouse booked record sales but a decline in earnings.

Katie Smith | 20 Mar 2015

Value fashion retailer Cato Corp has warned that 2015 may continue to be challenging, despite more than doubling its net profit during the fourth quarter, and favourable weather boosting sales.

Michelle Russell | 21 Nov 2014

US retailer Cato Corporation has revealed third-quarter earnings and sales that exceeded the firm's guidance.

Michelle Russell | 21 Aug 2014

Cato Corporation has recorded an increase in second-quarter earnings and reaffirmed its EPS guidance for the full year.

Michelle Russell | 20 May 2014

Cato Corporation has booked a mixed set of first-quarter results with earnings down but sales ahead of the company's expectations.

Michelle Russell | 20 Mar 2014

A highly promotional holiday sales season and poor weather conditions weighed on Cato Corporation's earnings in the fourth quarter.

Leonie Barrie | 19 Mar 2014

The committee set up to pay compensation to the victims of the Rana Plaza factory collapse aims to distribute US$2m to around 3,600 workers and families before the one-year anniversary of the tragedy on 24 April.

Leonie Barrie | 14 Mar 2014

Compensation payments to victims of the Rana Plaza factory collapse are due to start next month - but campaigners admit funds still fall far short of the $40m needed to make payments to all workers.

Leonie Barrie | 2 Jan 2014

Eight months after the Rana Plaza garment factory complex collapsed in Bangladesh with the loss of more than 1,190 lives, a landmark agreement has been reached to deliver an estimated $40m in compensation to victims of the disaster.

Katie Smith | 25 Nov 2013

Random inspections are set to take place at garment manufacturer King First Industrial Co after more than 100 workers fainted over two days last week.

Katie Smith | 22 Nov 2013

Cato Corporation has reported a 5% increase in third-quarter net profit, helped by a better-than-expected performance in October - and has lifted its full-year earnings guidance.

Richard Woodard | 24 Oct 2013

Not enough progress has been made on delivering compensation to families and workers affected by the Rana Plaza building collapse, according to a new report from the Clean Clothes Campaign and the International Labour Rights Forum.

Katie Smith | 22 Aug 2013

Value-priced fashion retailer The Cato Corporation today (22 August) posted a 15.5% decline in second quarter profit as sales slipped amid a "difficult environment".

Leonie Barrie | 24 May 2013

Labour rights groups estimate that more than EUR54m (US$71m) in long-term compensation payments are due to victims of the Rana Plaza factory complex collapse in Bangladesh last month.

Katie Smith | 23 May 2013

Value-priced fashion apparel The Cato Corporation has today (23 May) reported a 2.8% decline in first-quarter profit after cooler temperatures dampened sales.

Leonie Barrie | 1 May 2013

A group of Western clothing retailers and brands have agreed to a deadline later this month to finalise a fire and building safety plan aimed at preventing industrial disasters like the collapse last week of the Rana Plaza factory complex in Bangladesh.

Petah Marian | 30 Apr 2013

UK fashion retailers Primark and Matalan, as well as Canadian brand Joe Fresh, have all agreed to pay compensation and offer emergency food aid to victims who worked for their suppliers in the collapsed Bangladesh factory building.

Richard Woodard | 22 Mar 2013

Value-led fashion retailer The Cato Corporation saw net profit slump in the fourth quarter, hit by the weak economy and rising costs.

Leonie Barrie | 16 Nov 2012

Value fashion retailer The Cato Corporation has updated its full-year earnings guidance after posting a 24% drop in third quarter profit.

Petah Marian | 16 Aug 2012

US clothing retailer Cato reported a 4.4% decline in second quarter net income as it faced a challenging consumer environment.

Petah Marian | 18 May 2012

Cato has reported a 4% increase in first quarter net income as the company said it sold more higher margin merchandise.

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