Mar. 5, 2014, 9:06 AM
- A recent poll by the Wall Street Journal and NBC indicates 63% of American support raising the minimum wage.
- Though the Republicans are expected to challenge anything brought to the floor of the House, there's a growing consensus in DC that some minimum wage legislation will eventually pass.
- Democrats argue that the current minimum wage level of $7.25 per hour is low by historical standards when adjusted for inflation.
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Feb. 27, 2014, 7:38 AM
- Total FQ4 sales of $6.099B fell 3.8% from a year ago, with comparable store sales off 2%. EPS of $1.56 compares to $1.66 a year ago. Last year's FQ4 included an extra week in which sales were $169M.
- Gross margin of 34% is up 70 basis points from last year.
- Fiscal 2014 EPS guidance of $4.05-$4.45 on total sales expected to increase 0.5-2.5%. Comparable store sales to increase 0-2%.
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Feb. 26, 2014, 2:44 PM
- Three Senate Democrats have broken away from Majority Leader Harry Reid's $10.10/hour line in the sand on minimum wage legislation.
- Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Mark Pryor of Arkansas, and Mark Warner of Virginia have all tipped off that they think there could be some room to negotiate over the amount of an increase over the current federal minimum wage of $7.25/hour. The GOP likes the status quo, but is viewed as likely to give some ground in an election year.
- Federal minimum wage legislation could create higher costs in the retail and restaurants sectors as companies adjust to the new higher floor.
- Last week, Gap made a preemptive move to raise its own hourly wage in a development that stirred the pot a little bit.
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Feb. 25, 2014, 10:25 AM
- Investors are giving Macy's (M +3.9%) a pass after January sales came in soft and the company warned on a sluggish early start to the current quarter.
- The enthusiasm on the retailer appears to stem from its ability to hold up margins through its omnichannel approach to selling.
- Macy's also reiterated its guidance for the fiscal year despite the slow start.
- The department store sector is mounting a little comeback today after it was awash in red yesterday.
- Gainers: Kohl's (KSS) +1.8%, Nordstrom +0.8%, Dillard's (DDS) +4.6%, Sears Holdings (SHLD) +3.3%, Bon-Ton Stores (BONT) +2.6%.
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Feb. 6, 2014, 2:07 PM
- Kohl's (KSS +3.9%) is higher on the day despite reporting sluggish sales and cutting guidance.
- The department store operator continues to get stung by problems with its e-commerce business which has added costs.
- Today's rally is a little bit about expectations being even worse for the period, say analysts.
Jan. 22, 2014, 1:38 PM
- Overall retail space could be reduced by between one-third to one-half over the next ten years, forecasts industry watcher Michael Burden.
- The harsh assessment could indicate the round of store closings from Sears Holdings (SHLD), J.C. Penney (JCP), and Macy's (M) is only the tip of the iceberg. Watch for American Eagle Outfitters (AEO), Aeropostale (ARO), Dillard's (DDS), Nordstrom (JWN), and Kohl's (KSS) to enact some logical downsizing, while even Wal-Mart (WMT) and Best Buy (BBY) could surprise with some paring.
- Analysts think stores at malls will be shuttered faster than open air outlets.
- What to watch: Vibrant brands such as Michael Kors (KORS), Lululemon (LULU), and Vince (VNCE) could shift into a standalone mode as consumer demand stays strong for their on-trend products, but mall metrics trend weaker.
Jan. 9, 2014, 7:32 AM
- Retail warnings are starting to pour in as more companies report on comparable-store sales.
- Cato and Buckle both saw their December comps fall, due in part to tough weather, while L Brands had to push hard on promotional levers to stay in positive territory.
- The common theme from the holiday season has been that mall-based retailers used promotions and e-commerce channels to try to make up for very slow store traffic. While Macy's is ahead of the game with a vibrant online fulfillment system and cost-cutting plan in place, other department store operators (KSS, SHLD, JCP, DDS, JWN) could be at risk.
Jan. 6, 2014, 8:58 AM
- Winter storms which dumped over ten inches of snow in a large number of U.S. cities (Boston, Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis, NYC region) has wreaked havoc on mall traffic, according to retail watchers.
- In some major cities, malls were completely closed down due to the extreme snow.
- The extended bout of wintry weather hit right as the sector was looking for a bounce from post-holiday deal shoppers and gift card conversions.
- Analysts think most of the anticipated sales will be recouped, although a lag factor could in play. Apparel sellers could be the hardest hit as inventory starts to look stale.
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Jan. 2, 2014, 12:29 PM
- Fresh data from IBM Digital Analytics Benchmark could give some hope that the holiday season wasn't quite as bad for department stores as reads on store traffic would suggest.
- Online sales for the group rose 62.8% Y/Y in Q4 and mobile sales gained 38%, according to the research firm.
- The contribution of online/mobile to total sales varies widely in the group.
- Department store chains: Macy's (M), Nordstrom (JWN), Kohl's (KSS), Dillard's (DDS), J.C. Penney (JCP), Sears Holdings (SHLD), The Bon-Ton Stores (BONT), Stage Stores (SSI), Ross Stores (ROST).
Dec. 31, 2013, 1:07 PM
- Gift cards are a bigger part of the earnings matrix for retailers this year with usage rising to 23.7% of all holiday spending.
- Companies which have their fiscal quarter end in January stand a better chance of realizing gift card sales along with holiday sales, while those with a December 31 ending date could see sales slip into the next period.
- The volume of gift card sales can also factor in to how promotional firms decide to become during the post-Christmas season.
- Previous: Gift card sales data, Starbucks' cash cow.
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Dec. 26, 2013, 3:35 AM
- A last-minute surge in online shopping and bad weather left major retailers such as Amazon (AMZN), Kohl's (KSS) and Wal-Mart (WMT) unable to fulfill guarantees to deliver packages in time for Christmas. IBM estimates that Internet sales jumped 37% on year over the pre-Christmas weekend.
- UPS (UPS) was particularly caught out. "The volume of air packages in the UPS system did exceed capacity as demand was much greater than our forecast," a UPS spokeswoman said. FedEx (FDX) was also affected, although the company said that it wasn't suffering significant delays.
- Amazon is refunding shipping charges to affected customers and providing a $20 gift card, while Kohl's will pay the full cost of all goods that arrive late.
Dec. 23, 2013, 9:03 AM
- Warnings on slow store traffic at retailers are being heard far and wide from analysts as more channel checks disappoint.
- Ground zero for promotional activity in the sector appears to be mall-based apparel sellers which are throwing "shocking" deals at consumers to stoke sales and clear inventory.
- Weather has been a factor, but forward-looking insiders also see a paradigm shift. Consumers enabled with mobile devices have taken a hatchet to the amount of their holiday season impulse buying which typically helps retailers drive margins higher on select items at stores.
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