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Bassett reduces inventory levels to improve working capital

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Oct '08
Bassett Furniture Industries Inc announced its results of operations for its fiscal quarter and 40 week period ended August 30, 2008.

Sales for the quarter ended August 30, 2008 were $70.2 million as compared to $70.5 million for the quarter ended August 25, 2007. The 2008 and 2007 reported sales were increased by reported revenue of $4.0 million and $1.0 million, respectively, due to a change in the Company's business practices with respect to freight for the delivery of wholesale furniture to its retail stores.

In July of 2007, the Company began invoicing these customers on a fully landed basis such that the invoice price includes freight. Excluding the effects of the business change, sales would have been $66.2 million for the quarter ended August 30, 2008 as compared to $69.5 million for the quarter ended August 25, 2007, a 5% decrease due primarily to a further softening in the overall retail environment late in the third quarter (see also discussion in the Wholesale and Retail Segments below).

Gross margins for the third quarter of 2008 and 2007 were 40.0% and 35.0%, respectively. Excluding the effects of the above-mentioned business change, the gross margin for 2008 and 2007 would have been 36.4% and 34.0%, respectively. This increase over 2007 results from improved margins in both the wholesale and retail segments.

Selling, general and administrative expenses, which exclude the effects of the above-mentioned business change, increased $2.2 million for the third quarter of 2008 as compared to 2007 primarily due to a $3.2 million increase in the provision for bad debts related to the impact that the prolonged weak retail environment is having on certain of the Company's dealers. The Company reported a net loss of $(2.7) million, or $(0.23) per share for the quarter ended August 30, 2008, as compared to net income of $0.7 million, or $0.06 per share, for the quarter ended August 25, 2007.

Sales for the 40 weeks ended August 30, 2008 were $226.6 million as compared to $219.3 million for the 39 weeks ended August 25, 2007, an increase of 3%. The 2008 and 2007 reported sales were increased by reported revenue of $12.7 million and $1.0 million, respectively, due to the change in the Company's business practices as described above. In addition, fiscal 2008 included an additional week of sales due to the Company's fiscal calendar.

Gross margins for the 40 weeks ended August 30, 2008 and 39 weeks ended August 25, 2007 were 39.8% and 32.3%, respectively. Excluding the effects of the above-mentioned business change, the gross margin for 2008 and 2007 would have been 36.2% and 32.0%, respectively. This significant increase over 2007 results from improved margins in both the wholesale and retail segments.

Selling, general and administrative expenses increased $4.9 million for the nine months of 2008 as compared to 2007 primarily due to the increase in the provision for bad debts as described above. The Company reported a net loss of $(2.5) million or $(0.22) per share for the 40 weeks ended August 30, 2008, as compared to a net loss of $(5.9) million, or $(0.50) per share, for the 39 weeks ended August 25, 2007.


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