Weak trends continue at Staples, shares -7.5%

Staples (SPLS) reports comparable store sales fell 7% in Q4 on a sharp drop in traffic and slightly lower average order size from customers.

A reduction in store count and tighter product margin rates cut into Staple's profitability.

The company did see double-digit revenue growth for Staples.com.

Guidance for Q1 EPS is set at $0.17-$0.22 vs. $0.27 consensus.

Staples says it will close 225 in North America by the end of 2015.

SPLS -7.5% premarket

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  • quabbin
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    I would really like to believe in this recovery but news like this bums me out.
    Cosco seems to be in a funk also.
    Perhaps spring will lure the consumers out.
    6 Mar 2014, 07:26 AM Reply Like
  • june1234
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    AMZN continues to grow at radio shack's, best buy, blood bath and beyond, JCP, Sears expense. Does anyone remember Circuit city, Compusa or Woodward & lothrop all located in the big box retailer museum
    6 Mar 2014, 07:54 AM Reply Like
  • U2A Ventures
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    Radio Shack is really mimicking Circuit. I was an employee of Circuit City many years ago during my college years and I sort of had an affinity to the company even after I left. I kept a close a eye as I moved on to grad school and other career paths since and watched it until the day my local store officially closed for good. $RSH is going down the same road.
    6 Mar 2014, 08:06 AM Reply Like
  • chopchop0
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    It's easy to grow your business when you're not interested in your bottom line/making a profit.
    6 Mar 2014, 09:08 AM Reply Like
  • mobyss
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    The question is, when Amazon finally tries to become profitable (by raising prices of course), will it be too late? For now Amazon is pretty dominant, but what if Walmart really comes after them online and uses the profitability of its physical stores to undercut Amazon at every turn? What if Walmart buys ebay? An online price war would be harder on Amazon than it would be on Walmart.
    6 Mar 2014, 11:50 AM Reply Like
  • Transcripts&10-K's
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    After backing out 53rd week and impact of currency comps were -4%, not -7%. Still pretty weak either way, but worth noting...
    6 Mar 2014, 09:39 AM Reply Like
  • michaelfb68
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    Staples is not a consumer business these days and they exist on B2B sales. Lower overhead by dumping bricks and mortar locations is smart and allows them to better focus on what they do best.
    6 Mar 2014, 09:57 AM Reply Like
  • AContrarian
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    Michael - you nailed it. Thinking of initiating this morning.
    6 Mar 2014, 10:02 AM Reply Like
  • imd85
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    and nice dividend increase for new positions...
    6 Mar 2014, 11:02 AM Reply Like
  • theo_rhetoric
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    Comments (260) | Send Message
    Bring back Mitt!
    6 Mar 2014, 11:05 AM Reply Like
  • jlg5385
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    Comments (58) | Send Message
    Romney is responsible for this fiasco. He personally stole all their pensions and health care. Romney the pilferer. i bet you wont hear a sound from him.
    6 Mar 2014, 12:15 PM Reply Like
  • imd85
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    I guess he screwed ODP while he was at....
    6 Mar 2014, 12:30 PM Reply Like
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