For the 13-week period ended June 30, 2012:
Thomas Reinckens, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented: “Our second quarter results included positive comparable store sales, ongoing strength in dresses, and a more than doubling of e-commerce sales. However, earnings were disappointing, driven by a weak response to our sportswear offerings. We have taken the appropriate actions necessary to clear seasonal inventory, which is expected to negatively impact margins in the third quarter.
“That said, we expect to continue our positive momentum in dresses and generate improvement in our sportswear sales, as we infuse a better balance of color and neutrals to our offerings. This coupled with our heightened focus on expense discipline that includes $1.8 million in expected annual savings will assist us in improving our performance.”
For the 26-week period ended June 30, 2012:
Gross profit for the second quarter of fiscal 2012 was $26.4 million, or 42.8% of net sales, compared to $27.5 million, or 45.7% of net sales, in the second quarter of fiscal 2011.
For the first six months of fiscal 2012, gross profit was $48.6 million, or 41.3% of net sales, compared to $49.4 million, or 44.0% of net sales in the first six months of fiscal 2011.
The decrease in gross margin for the second quarter and first six months of fiscal 2012 was primarily driven by an increase in markdowns and internet fulfillment and delivery expenses, partially offset by an increase in initial mark-up and a decline in occupancy costs as a percentage of net sales, as compared to the prior year.
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