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Williams-Sonoma Inc. (WSM)

  • Dec. 21, 2012, 8:06 AM
    Williams-Sonoma (WSM) declares $0.22/share quarterly dividend, in line with previous. Forward yield 1.98%. For shareholders of record Jan. 25. Payable Feb. 25. Ex-div date Jan. 23. (PR)
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  • Dec. 14, 2012, 10:21 AM
    Will this year's holiday shopping season be even more skewed toward online than forecasts? A report from U.K. retailer John Lewis showing a 46% surge in online sales suggests that across the pond the online trend is firmly entrenched. There's also the sneaking suspicion of some retail watchers that late online shopping could be a bigger factor with delivery turnaround times shortening. A few names to watch for online sales upside: AMZN, M, DKS, LTD, WSM, LULU.
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  • Dec. 7, 2012, 10:05 AM
    Retail analysts begin to have a nagging suspicion that online sales could be even higher than forecast this year after store and mall traffic was a bit of a disappointment over the Black Friday weekend. Increased consumer usage of smartphones and tablets is contributing as is the sudden surge in gifting of digital content this year. If the trend continues online winners could include Amazon (AMZN), Macy's (M), Williams-Sonoma (WSM), and Lululemon (LULU) - while retailers skewed toward brick-and-mortar selling such as Best Buy (BBY), RadioShack (RSH), and J.C. Penney (JCP) could suffer more than expected.
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  • Dec. 7, 2012, 7:22 AM
    Canaccord Genuity sees underlying value with Williams-Sonoma (WSM), saying the growth story isn't fully appreciated. Also in its favor, the retailer's online business has been pegged as one of the best in the sector.
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  • Nov. 29, 2012, 1:29 PM
    Deloitte retail analyst Alison Paul doesn't think the Hurricane Sandy excuse being trotted out by major retailers is too far off base. After accounting for a significant pre-storm slowdown and major power outages in the Northeast, she thinks the numbers as a whole are actually quite good. In that same vein, other analysts point to layaway sales and online sales yet to ship as two categories that will help December compensate for the light November.
  • Nov. 23, 2012, 12:20 PM
    Retail analyst Rahul Sharma lines up Williams Sonoma (WSM +1.1%) and Nordstrom (JWN +1%) as two retailers with online strategies clicking seamlessly with brick-and-mortar stores. The ominichannel approach is coming into vogue as more companies realize they can build brand interest and loyalty faster by not confusing consumers with a multi-channel, multi-price approaches.
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  • Nov. 23, 2012, 6:51 AM
    Black Friday shopping will be the headline story in retail for the day, but the underlying plot will be the effect online channels have on the total sales hauls. Though various trade groups tag Black Friday weekend shopping to see a 3% to 4% rise this year, online shopping is expected to increase by closer to 15% heading into Cyber Monday. Online has also been where the winners and losers in the sector have been separated with major online forces such as Macy's (M) and Dick's Sporting Goods (DKS) roaring to huge gains - while the likes of J.C. Penney (JCP) and Big Lots (BIG) limp along.
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  • Nov. 14, 2012, 4:30 PM
    More on Williams-Sonoma (WSM): Q3 beats across the board on a 9% Y/Y jump in total sales. Operating margin increased to 8.4% from 7.9%, which, along with approximately $31M in share buybacks over the quarter, gave a big boost to its per share performance. For FY 2012 however, the company sets its EPS guidance range at between $2.45 to $2.52 per share, below Street expectations for $2.55 per share. Shares -2% AH.
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  • Nov. 14, 2012, 4:14 PM
    Williams-Sonoma (WSM): Q3 EPS of $0.49 beats by $0.04. Revenue of $945M (+9% Y/Y) beats by $24M. Shares -3.6% AH. (PR)
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  • Nov. 14, 2012, 12:10 AM
    Notable earnings after Wednesday’s close: DRYS, IOC, LTD, NTAP, NTES, PETM, SB, SZYM, VELT, WSM
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  • Nov. 13, 2012, 5:35 PM
    Notable earnings after Wednesday’s close: DRYS, IOC, LTD, NTAP, NTES, PETM, SB, SZYM, VELT, WSM
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  • Nov. 2, 2012, 7:56 AM
    The recent mix of economic news and retail sales reports sets the table for a holiday retail season that will come in better than original forecasts, according to IHS Global Insight. What to watch: While Hurricane Sandy is only an "interruption" to retailers on a strong growth track and an "excuse" for underperformers, two potential drags on Q4 retail sales could be a fiscal cliff that doesn't get resolved or a national election that is in dispute.
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  • Oct. 31, 2012, 10:04 AM
    Mall-based retailers and department stores are holding up relatively well in early trading after the effect of Hurricane Sandy was lined up as a major Q4 headwind. The trick now is to figure out which retail firms can recover lost sales. Two notables exceptions to the subdued trading pattern - J.C. Penney (JCP -4.8%) and Sears (SHLD -6.5%) - had a slightly higher percentage of stores in the path of Hurricane Sandy than the average in the sector.
  • Oct. 30, 2012, 10:02 AM
    Forecasts on the effect of Hurricane Sandy on retail sales still vary greatly, although the general consensus is that a short-term boost of emergency items will lift sales for select companies while the prolonged cleanup could dampen overall holiday sales. Analysts see the list of losers much longer than the list of winners as home repairs take up a great deal of discretionary spending. In a nutshell: Every retailer has a different Sandy-related thesis, with product and geographic mix essential to estimating Q4 numbers.
  • Oct. 26, 2012, 11:10 AM
    Though consumer sentiment rose to its highest level in five years, don't look for retailers to start adjusting guidance anytime soon. In an interview with CNBC yesterday, AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson gave a somewhat frank assessment of how many execs are looking toward Q4 by noting the fiscal cliff could create a standstill to spending over the last ten days of the year as the automatic cuts slated for January 1 loom larger. Even if a late deal is struck, Q4 sales could take a blow. (video)
  • Oct. 10, 2012, 2:22 PM
    Shares of Williams Sonoma (WSM +2.5%) perk up after William Blair upgrades the retailer to Outperform from a Market Perform rating. Channel checks indicate sales at Pottery Barn were brisk in Q3.
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Company Description
Williams-Sonoma Inc is a multi-channel specialty retailer of home furnishings in the United States and Canada.
Sector: Services
Country: United States