(Adds total-sales figures, comments)
Sept 3 (Reuters) - The following table lists select U.S. retail companies that have reported August 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 Company Symbol Estimates Actual Value Change Comments ================================================================ ===================================================== Discount Stores ———————————————————————————————— ——————————————————————————- Target
(TGT.N) -5.1 -2.9 $4.86 bln 0.1 Comps were strongest in healthcare, electronics
and household personal baby. Comps in apparel
declined in the mid single digit range, led by
better than average performance in jewelry and
accessories. While, comps at home fell in the
high single digit range. Costco** (COST.O) -5.7 -2.0 $5.40 bln flat Comps continued to show better overall results
in foods, sundries, and fresh foods, while comps
were softer in the nonfood discretionary
categories. The August non-food comps improved
sequentially from July. Nonfood comps were
slightly better on the hard-line side of the
business. BJ’s Wholesale** BJ.N -8.0 -6.0 $757.6 mln -1.9 Departments with the strongest sales increases
compared to last year included air conditioners,
breakfast needs, candy, cigarettes, prepared
foods and small appliances. Departments with
weaker sales compared with last year included
apparel, electronics, jewelry, meat, televisions
and tires. TJX Cos (TJX.N) 3.9 5.0 $1.60 bln 6.0 Comps in HomeGoods, A.J. Wright and Maramax rose
9 pct, 7 pct and 6 pct, respectively.
Geographically every region posted comp increases
but the Northeast and the Canadian businesses
were hurt by unseasonably cool weather. Ross Stores (ROST.O) 4.3 6.0 $557.0 mln 11.0 August sales benefited from healthy back-to-school
traffic. Dresses and shoes remain the
top-performing merchandise categories with
strong double-digit percentage comp gains while
home had low double-digit increase. ———————————————————————————————— ——————————————————————————-