USA: Retailers' December 2004 Sales Roundup
The following is a general round-up of apparel and shoe chains' December sales results. The list will be updated as new results become available.
Specialty apparel chain New York & Company Inc said net sales decreased 5 per cent to $152.4 million for the five-week period ended 1 January 2005, compared to $156.3 million in the same period in 2003. Same-store sales dropped 5.5 per cent in the period, compared to an increase of 7.0 per cent in the year-before period.
Lifestyle retailer American Eagle Outfitters said December sales increased 41.2 per cent to $375.0 million, compared to $265.5 million for the year-before period. Same-store sales rose 32.8 per cent.
Mall-based retailer Hot Topic Inc said December sales rose 8 per cent to $125.2 million, while same-store sales fell 6.2 per cent compared to an increase of 10.1 per cent last year.
Casual and active apparel retailer Aeropostale Inc said sales for the period ended 1 January rose 18.3 per cent to $178.5 million, compared to $150.9 million for the comparable period last year. Same-store sales rose 0.5 per cent compared to an increase of 5.7 per cent in the same period last year.
Large-size women's apparel retailer United Retail Group Inc said sales rose 4 per cent to $49.8 million during December 2004 compared to $47.8 million during December 2003. Same-store sales rose 6 per cent.
Upscale apparel and shoe retailer Nordstrom Inc saw sales of $1,046.0 million for the five-week period ending 1 January 2005, an increase of 11.7 per cent compared to sales of $936.2 million for the five-week period ending January 3 2004. Same-store sales increased 9.3 percent.
Specialty retailer Men's Wearhouse Inc said December same-store sales rose 4.3 per cent in the United States and 3.6 per cent in Canada at locations open at least one year.
Apparel and accessories chain Reitmans said December sales for the five weeks ended 1 January rose 5.1 per cent while same-store sales rose 1.8 per cent.
Clothing retailer Le Chateau Inc said December sales rose 11.1 per cent, while same-store sales grew 6.8 per cent.
Retail chain operator The Gymboree Corporation said December sales totalled $72.0 million compared to $68.4 million for the same period last year. Comparable store sales rose 1 per cent compared to a 3 per cent increase in the same period last year.
Ladies' apparel retailer AnnTaylor Stores Corporation said total net sales for December increased 11.1 percent to $239.9 million compared to $215.92 million for the same period in 2003. Comparable store sales decreased 1.5 percent compared to a comparable store sales increase of 26.2 per cent last year.
Apparel retailer Goody's Family Clothing Inc said sales in stores open for over a year increased 0.7 per cent in December, while same-store sales rose 0.2 per cent.
Teen clothing retailer Pacific Sunwear of California Inc said same-store sales increased 5.3 per cent for December. Total sales were $218.3 million, an increase of 16.4 per cent over total sales of $187.5 million in the year-ago period. PacSun same-store sales rose 5 per cent during the month and d.e.m.o. same-store sales climbed 8.3 per cent.
Children's Place Retail Stores said sales at stores open at least a year grew 21 per cent in December, while total sales for the period were $264.7 million, up from $114 million a year earlier.
Junior apparel, shoes and accessories retailer Deb Shops Inc said sales rose 5.5 per cent to $40.7 million from $38.7 million for the months ended 31 December 2004, while same-store sales increased 5.0 per cent for the month.
Retail brand operator Casual Male Retail Group Inc said total sales for the period ended 1 January totalled $61.9 million from $50.2 million in the year-before period. Same-store sales for the group rose 2.2 per cent.
Apparel retail chain Stein Mart Inc said sales for December totalled $224.0 million compared to $203.2 in the same period in 2003, while comparable sales increased 10.3 per cent.
Lifestyle group Guess?, Inc said December sales totalled $79.9 million compared to sales of $70.5 million for the same financial month last year. Comparable store sales increased 5.6 per cent.
Off-price retailer Ross Stores Inc reported that sales grew 13 per cent to $579 million for the five weeks ended 1 January 2005, compared to $513 million for the five weeks ended 3January 2004. Same-store sales grew 2 per cent in 2004 on top of a 4 per cent gain in the prior year period.
Value price men's wear company S&K Famous Brands Inc said sales for the five weeks ended 1 January 2005 increased 2.5 per cent to $25.6 million compared with $25.0 million last year. Same-store sales were up 0.3 per cent.
Women's apparel retailer Talbots Inc said sales in stores open at least one year rose 2.8 per cent in December, while total sales for the five weeks ended 1 January increased 11 per cent to $221.5 million from $200.1 million a year earlier.
Family footwear retailer Payless ShoeSource Inc reported a same-store sales decrease of 3.0 per cent during December. Total sales decreased 5.8 per cent from $301.8 million in December last year.
Clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch Co said that same-store sales increased 10 per cent during December while total sales rose 24 per cent to $373.2 million from $302.1 million last December.
Apparel retailer Bebe Stores Inc said same-store sales increased 28 per cent in December compared to a 7 per cent rise in the same period last year, while total sales increased 41 per cent to $75.8 million from $53.8 million the year before.
Leather goods company Wilsons The Leather Experts Inc said sales in December dropped 26.6 per cent to $120.9 million from $164.7 million. Same-store sales decreased 4.7 per cent.
Footwear retailer Famous Footwear said sales in December increased 7.1 per cent to $119.8 million from $111.8 million last year. Sales at the Naturalizer division grew to $20 million from $19.6 million last December. Same-store sales increased 2 per cent at Famous Footwear stores and fell 2.3 per cent at the company's Naturalizer chain.
Women's apparel retailer Cache Inc said same-store sales rose 7 per cent in December, while net sales rose 15.9 per cent to $35.9 million from $31 million.
Women's fashion retailer The Cato Corp said December sales rose 7 per cent to $101.4 million from $94.9 million in December 2003. Same-store sales increased 2 per cent.
Footwear and accessories chain Shoe Carnival said sales for the five weeks ended 1 January increased 6.4 per cent to $64.3 million from $60.5 million in the year-ago period. Same-store sales grew 1.1 per cent.
Casual apparel retailer Gadzooks Inc said sales for the five weeks of December totalled $26.0 million while same-store sales fell 3.7 per cent from last year.
Plus-size women's apparel retailer Charming Shoppes Inc said same-store sales fell 3 per cent during December.
Retail group TJX Cos. said sales during December increased 15 per cent to $2.1 billion from $1.8 billion a year earlier, while same-store sales grew 6 per cent.
Apparel retailer Chico's FAS said total December sales grew 41 per cent to $128.5 million from $91 million in the year-before period.
Clothing and accessories retailer Wet Seal Inc said December sales fell 16.8 per cent to $63.2 million from $76 million last year, while same-store sales dropped 11.8 per cent.
Hibbett Sporting Goods said net sales for the nine-week period ended 1 January 2005increased 17.2 per cent to $80.9 million compared with $69.0 million for the comparable nine-week period ended 3January 2004. Comparable store sales increased 5.0 per cent.
Federated Department Stores Inc saw sales of $2.834 billion for the five weeks ended 1 January 2005, an increase of 1.9 per cent over total sales of $2.781 billion in the same period last year. On a same-store basis, Federated's December sales were up 2.3 per cent.
Retail group The Neiman Marcus Group Inc said sales for the five-week period ended 1 January totalled $585 million compared to $541 million in the comparable 2004 period.
Department store chain The Bon-Ton Stores Inc said same-store sales rose 6.6 per cent in the period ended 1 January 2005, while total sales increased 1.9 per cent to $257.8 million compared to $253.1 million for the same period last year.
Brand name retail chain Stage Stores Inc said total sales for the five-week period ended 1 Jan. 1 2005 increased 4.7 per cent to $221.5 million from $211.5 million in the prior year five-week period ended 3 Jan 2004. Comparable store sales increased 3.1 per cent versus an increase of 1.2 per cent last year.
Men's wear company JoS A Bank Clothiers Inc said total sales for the month ended 1 January rose 35.2 per cent to $68.0 million, compared with $50.3 million in fiscal December 2003. Same-store sales increased 16.2 per cent.
Clothing and accessory retailer Buckle Inc said December same-store sales rose 4.4 per cent at locations open at least one year while total sales increased 8.9 per cent to $79.5 million from $73 million.
Retailer Kohl's Corporation said sales for the five-week period ended 1 January 2005 increased 16.2 per cent over the five-week period ended 3 January 2004. On a comparable store basis, sales increased 3.1 per cent.
Companies: American Eagle Outfitters, Hot Topic Inc, Gymboree Corporation, AnnTaylor Stores, Pacific Sunwear of California Inc, Stein Mart, Ross Stores Inc, Talbots Inc, Payless ShoeSource Inc, Bebe Stores, Cato Corporation, Shoe Carnival, Charming Shoppes, Neiman Marcus Group, Stage Stores Inc, Jos A Bank Clothiers Inc, Kohl’s Corporation
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