Urban Outfitters shares feel festive upping 5.3%Wednesday, 14 December 2011
Apparel retailer Urban Outfitters (URBN_) announced
in a regulatory filing that its retail same-store sales were up in the mid-single digits so far in the fourth quarter. Shares jumped 5.3% to $27.87.
Urban Outfitters said the fourth-quarter same-store sales in its retail segment are tracking up in the single-digit percent. The Philadelphia-based retailer provided the fourth-quarter update in a regulatory filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Shares of Urban Outfitters rose 9.6% to $29 in recent after-hours trading as the percent growth was above what analysts were projecting.
According to Reuters, the holiday season has started off well for Urban Outfitters Inc. as, so far in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011, comparable store sales for the retail segment marked an increase of mid-single digits as per a recent filing by the company. Zacks Investment reports how prior to the holiday sales, Urban Outfitters, which competes with Gap Inc.
Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) and Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF), marked a 3% decline in the comparable store sales at its retail segment during the third quarter of fiscal 2011. Comparable retail segment net sales by brands rose 14% at Free People but fell 7% at Anthropologie while remaining flat at Urban Outfitters. Direct-to-consumer comparable net sales surged 15%.
Janney Capital Markets had estimated a 1% fourth-quarter decrease in comparable retail net sales. The firm said even if comparable store sales performance improves from trends seen in the third quarter, margins will likely suffer from aggressive markdowns and promotions to clear inventory, Dow Jones informed. As a result, the firm lowered its earnings-per-share estimates to 35 cents a share from 39 cents last week.
Meanwhile, fellow research firm Macquarie also remained cautious on the retailer, saying last week in a note that it has seen "no sign of fashion improvement and believe the company may continue to see sluggish sales and margin compression into 2012."
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