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Feb 5 (Reuters) - The following table lists select U.S. retail companies that have reported January sales at stores open at least a year — a key retail measure also known as same-store sales.
The table lists the mean of analysts’ same-store sales estimates compiled by Thomson Reuters Estimates, the actual same-store sales reported by the companies, as well as total sales for the month and its change over last year.
All figures are expressed as the percentage change over the same period last year except the total sales value.
SAME-STORE SALES TOTAL SALES
Estimates Actuals Value Change Comments ================================================================ =============================================================== = == Discount Stores ———————————————————————————————— ———————————————————————————————- - — Wal-Mart* (WMT.N) 1.1 2.1 $27.74 bln 1.8 Sales were boosted by a demand
for food and a continued gain
in customer traffic. Comparable
sales were strong in the grocery
and health and wellness
departments, and Walmart U.S.
met or exceeded expectations in
the home, entertainment and
hardlines segments. Target (TGT.N) -5.5 -3.3 $4.14 bln 0.8 Target expects holiday season
markdowns and additional
accounts receivable allowances
to pressurise fourth-quarter
profitability. Non discretionary
items like food and healthcare
saw the best performances, while
apparel was the worst. Women’s
apparel saw a fall of slightly
more than 20 percent.
Regionally, the Midwest was the
best performer, while Georgia,
Nevada, Florida and Arizona were
were the weakest areas. Costco** (COST.O) -2.8 -2.0 $5.10 bln -0.2 Sales of fruits and fresh foods
rose were at the mid-single
digits, while hard lines and
soft lines were down in
Canada saw strong business, as
did Japan, UK and Taiwan.
Foreign operations fared better
than U.S. operations. BJ’s Wholesale** (BJ.N) 2.7 -0.7 $656.7 mln 0.9 Sales rose in the first week of
January. Merchandise comp sales,
excluding fuel, rose in all
weeks but snow storms hurt sales
in week two. Regionwise, Metro
New York was the winner, with
food sales rising 11 percent.
Breakfast foods, paper products,
pet foods and small appliances
were among winners, while
apparel, jewellery and
residential furnitures declined.