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Our inventory position is extremely liquid, TJX CEO
May '11
The TJX Companies Inc announced sales and earnings results for the first quarter ended April 30, 2011. Net sales for the first quarter of Fiscal 2012 increased 4% to $5.2 billion and consolidated comparable store sales increased 2% over last year's strong 9% increase. Net income for the first quarter was $266 million and diluted earnings per share were $.67.

Carol Meyrowitz, Chief Executive Officer of The TJX Companies Inc, stated, “I am pleased that we delivered strong sales results in the face of our most challenging year-over-year comparisons of any quarter this year. These results demonstrate the consistency of our off-price business model. Our consolidated comparable store sales increased 2% and our adjusted earnings per share were in line with our expectations, on top of a 9% comparable store sales increase and 63% earnings per share increase last year."

"Customer traffic continues to be up over significant prior-year increases, which reinforces to us that value remains top-of-mind for consumers regardless of the economic environment. Further, we were particularly pleased with our overall sales results, given the unfavorable weather in many U.S. and Canadian regions. Sales trends picked up as we exited the quarter, May is off to a strong start, and earnings comparisons ease as we move through the balance of the year. We remain extremely confident in our ability to profitably grow our business. Our inventory position is extremely liquid and we are excited about the quantity and quality of branded merchandise that we are seeing in the marketplace.”

Changes in foreign exchange rates affect the translation of sales and earnings of the Company's international businesses into U.S. dollars for financial reporting purposes. In addition, ordinary-course inventory-related hedging instruments are marked to market at the end of each quarter. Changes in currency exchange rates affect the magnitude of these translations and adjustments, and can have a material impact when there is significant volatility in currency exchange rates, as there was in the first quarter.

On a reported basis, diluted earnings per share for the first quarter were $.67 compared to $.80 last year. On an adjusted basis, which excludes the negative impact of $.08 per share from the A.J. Wright segment loss in Fiscal 2012 and the $.03 per share impact from first quarter costs related to the conversion and grand re-opening of former A.J. Wright stores to T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods banners in Fiscal 2012, first quarter adjusted diluted earnings per share were $.78.

The costs associated with closing A.J. Wright stores, distribution centers and home office, and the sales, operating expenses and operating losses associated with those closures, which are recorded in the A.J. Wright segment, have a significant effect on the comparability of the Fiscal 2012 first quarter to the comparable prior year period.

Additionally, the costs related to the conversion and grand re-opening of former A.J. Wright stores to T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods banners in the first quarter of Fiscal 2012, which are recorded in the Marmaxx and HomeGoods segments, also impact comparability.

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