Ralph Lauren beats estimates but investors dig deeper, shares -5.9%

|By:, SA News Editor

Ralph Lauren (RL) beat estimates with its Q1 report, but underneath the hood things don't look all rosy.

Segment revenue growth: Wholesales +24% to $983M; Retail +5% to $845M.

Consolidated comp sales growth was 2% lower with the start of the spring season in North America lagging.

The retailer's gross profit rate sank 190 bps to 57.9% due to F/X changes and a change in mix tied to the integration of Chaps.

Guidance for 2015 from the company is well-below the consensus estimate of analysts.

RL -5.9% premarket