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Tue, Feb. 3, 12:17 PM
- Retail space continues to open up as more companies look to trim their store counts or reposition themselves in front of mergers or bankruptcies.
- In some cases, the transition is based on repositioning assets to online fulfillment centers.
- A quick scan indicates Sears Holdings (NASDAQ:SHLD), J.C. Penney (NYSE:JCP), RadioShack (NYSE:RSH), Dollar Tree (NASDAQ:DLTR), Wet Seal (NASDAQ:WTSL), Macy's (NYSE:M), Haverty Furniture (NYSE:HVT), Bon-Ton Stores (NASDAQ:BONT), Aeropostale (NYSE:ARO), Rent-A-Center (NASDAQ:RCII), and Wolverine Worldwide (NYSE:WWW) are unloading properties.
- Analysts have warned the flooded market could lead to some disappointing transaction prices or lease rates for the companies involved.
- What to watch: A merger between Staples (NASDAQ:SPLS) and Office Depot (NASDAQ:ODP) or a major retooling from Best Buy (NYSE:BBY) this year could add to the tally.
Tue, Jan. 20, 10:56 AM
- The Supreme Court passes on hearing a case over the level of swipe fees charged by banks to retailers.
- The cap on swipe fees will stand at $0.21-$0.24 following the high court decision.
- Intense lobbying from the financial services industry prompted the Fed to move off its original recommendation for a $0.12 cap.
- The National Retail Federation and other consumer groups have vowed to keep the fight going.
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Thu, Jan. 15, 12:45 PM
Thu, Jan. 15, 10:33 AM
- Target's exit from Canada has retail analysts re-evaluating the plans of a number of chains with operations in the region.
- The list below includes companies just entering Canada with a light store count and some well-established chains which have already been trimming.
- Specialty: Chico's FAS (NYSE:CHS), DSW (NYSE:DSW), Hennes & Mauritz (OTCPK:HMRZF), Jimmy Choo, TJX Companies (NYSE:TJX), Moncler, Aeropostale (NYSE:ARO), Versace, Nordstrom.
- Big-box: Best Buy (NYSE:BBY), Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT), Staples (NASDAQ:SPLS), Sears Canada (NASDAQ:SHLD).
- Previously: Nervous feet for Nordstrom over Canada? (Jan. 15 2015)
- Previously: Full exit from Canada for Target (Jan. 15 2015)
Thu, Jan. 15, 9:16 AM
Thu, Jan. 15, 7:41 AM
- Shares of Best Buy (NYSE:BBY) slip in early trading as the company takes a "cautionary" stance on domestic sales trends outside of the holiday period which saw the introduction of high-profile products (mobile, 4K TVs).
- Enterprise comparable sales growth in the first half of FY16 is forecast to be flat to negative low-single digits.
- The company's operating income rate is expected to be down 30 bp to 50 bps over the same period.
- BBY -6.9% premarket to $37.15.
Thu, Jan. 15, 7:13 AM
- Best Buy (NYSE:BBY) reports domestic comparable-store sales increased 2.6% during the holiday period.
- Comparable online sales were up 13.4% vs. the +23.5% pace of a year ago.
- The international comp was down 3.6% for the two-month period.
- Demand in the electronics categories was previously reported to lag overall holiday sales.
- Previously: Holiday retail sales something of a revelation (Jan. 08 2015)
- BBY -2.4% premarket.
Wed, Jan. 14, 9:17 AM
- A slide in retail sales during December was impacted by weakness with the electronics stores (BBY, CONN, HGG) and building materials/garden equipment (HD, LOW) categories.
- The biggest drag on the index was the gasoline stations component (CASY, PTRY]]) which recorded a 6.5% M/M and 14.2% Y/Y decline in December.
- Good news for the restaurant sector (MCD, QSR, YUM, SONC, WEN) as sales were up 0.8% M/M and 8.2% Y/Y during the month.
Thu, Jan. 8, 8:18 PM
- Holiday retail sales rose 4.6% vs. expectations for a 3.8% lift, according to a read from ShopperTrak. The growth rate is the highest since 2005 for the period.
- The rush of positive reports from retailers on holiday sales comes off of some beaten-down expectations, notes Chain Store Age.
- Concerns on mall traffic, a West Coast port slowdown, and a frenzied level of promotions drove consensus estimates lower before some macroeconomic factors improved and $2 gas entered the scene.
- A cross-section of retailers that surprised on the upside includes Barnes & Noble, Pier 1 Imports, Walgreens, Urban Outfitters, and Sonic.
- What to watch: Costco (NASDAQ:COST) put up a 5% comp for December, putting some pressure on Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) and Target (NYSE:TGT) to show signs of late-quarter strength. Signs of weakness at dollar stores (DG, DLTR, FDO, FIVE) and electronics chains (HGG, CONN, BBY) are a concern. Retailers seen as on-trend for the holiday season include Foot Locker (NYSE:FL), Lululemon (NASDAQ:LULU), and Williams-Sonoma (NYSE:WSM).
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Tue, Jan. 6, 10:11 AM
Sat, Jan. 3, 7:51 PM
- The intense competition in retail over free shipping policies is expected to bring some pain to Q4 margins as big box and e-commerce firms scrap for market share, warn analysts.
- ComScore reports that free delivery on online purchases rose to 68% in 2014, up from 44% last year.
- Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN): 2014 shipping costs were up 32% through Q3. That mark comes before a holiday season in which the company says it saved customers a mere $2B in shipping fees.
- Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT): The Bentonville giant has already warned investors it will spend heavily on e-commerce and fulfillment center expansion as it eyes +30% growth in online sales. The company may have difficulty dialing back its free delivery policies, say industry insiders.
- Target (NYSE:TGT): Wolfe Research projects a 1% shift in Target sales to e-commerce cuts into the firm's profit margin by 5 bps.
- What to watch: Online sales rose 16% in Q3 vs. 4% for broad retail, a differential that is expected to have widened in Q4. Retailers with a sharp shift in mix to online could have trouble hitting consensus EPS estimates.
- Related stocks: BBY, DKS, CAB, SPLS, TJX, BIG.
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Dec. 30, 2014, 11:47 AM
- Best Buy (BBY +0.2%) and Staples (SPLS +0.3%) are increasing their reliance on "creative" sub-leases in order to trim square footage costs, according to ICSC.
- The trend in retail towards downsizing is expected to become even more pronounced in 2015.
- Sears Holdings (SHLD -1.9%) shifted into a real estate management mode over a year ago, aided by prominent deals with Dick's Sporting Goods and Whole Foods Market.
Dec. 23, 2014, 2:59 PM
- The strong reads on consumer spending (ICSC, Redbook) bode well for Q4 earnings in the retail sector, note analysts.
- Electronics sellers (BBY, HGG) and the luxury sector (RL, TIF, COH, KORS, KATE, FOSL, VRA) are viewed as being in a good position to see a December boost.
- Companies which eased off on pulling a bulk of their sales forward with Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals are also seen as potential winners with sub-$2 gas resetting some holiday budgets.
- Though e-commerce is expected to dazzle again this holiday season. It's not all fun and games for analysts looking at margins. The extension by Amazon (AMZN -0.1%) of its free shipping offer could be a signal that inventory levels are higher than anticipated and that the growth-at-all-costs mentality at the company is as entrenched as ever, notes Nasdaq Advisory Services.
- The S&P Retail ETF (NYSEARCA:XRT) has doubled up the return of the S&P 500 over the last 3 months, 10.8% vs. 5.1%.
- Previously: Retail trends to watch: Athleisure, P-E buyouts, and new online channels (Dec. 20 2014)
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Dec. 10, 2014, 8:21 AM
- Best Buy (NYSE:BBY) is advertising free two-day shipping on thousands of items, reports RetailDive.
- The move by the company is a reaction to the aggressive shipping promotions from Target and Amazon this holiday season.
- Analysts see a marginal mix benefit for FedEX (NYSE:FDX) and UPS (NYSE:UPS) from the increase in retailers pushing their free two-day shipping services.
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