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Nov 8 (Reuters) - The following table lists select U.S. retail companies that have reported October sales at stores open at least a year, a key retail measure also known as same-store sales.
The table has the consensus same-store sales estimate#, the actual number reported by the company. The table also includes the total sales reported by the company in August and the change from last year in percentage terms.
The consensus estimate figure is compiled by Reuters Estimates.
Same-Store Sales Total Sales
Estimate# Actual Change Value Company (pct)
Comments ================================================================ ============================================================ Discount Stores ———————————————————————————————— —————————————————————————————— Wal-Mart (WMT.N)## 1.1 0.4 8.4 $27.92 bln Grocery sales continued to outpace sales of general
merchandise, while recent toy recalls weighed on toy
sales. Sales of apparel and home goods were also soft. Target (TGT.N) 2.5 4.1 9.7 $4.45 bln The higher margin categories continued to be soft.
Sales were strongest in electronics, health care and
consumables, but weak in men’s and ladies apparel,
jewelry, and seasonal products, like blankets, heaters,
and humidfiers. Costco (COST.O) 5.6 9.0 13.0 $5.21 bln Higher gasoline prices helped Costco during the month.
The average sales price of gasoline climbed 25 percent
Excluding the inflated gasoline cost, October
same-store sales in the U.S. would have risen 5
percent. BJ’s Wholesale BJ.N 3.1 4.8 9.2 $663.8 mln Contribution from gasoline sales, which aided results
by 1.7 percent, offset the negative impact from closing
in-store pharmacies that hurt sales by 0.4 percent. TJX Cos. (TJX.N) 2.7 3.0 6.0 $1.54 bln The unseasonably warm weather in many U.S. and Canadian
markets hurt its cold-weather apparel categories. Family Dollar FDO.N 1.1 0.0 3.3 $509.5 mln Rise in total sales for the four-week period were
driven by consumables, primarily food. Ross Stores (ROST.O) 0.3 -1.0 6.0 $470 mln The ongoing challenging macroeconomic environment and
unseasonably warm weather in certain markets hurt
October. The strongest region during the month was the
Northwest, and dresses and home were strong categories. ———————————————————————————————— —————————————————————————————— Department Stores ———————————————————————————————— —————————————————————————————— Kohl’s (KSS.N) 0.9 -3.8 1.6 $1.27 bln Cold weather gear like fleece and sweaters declined
significantly, amid unusually warm weather. JC Penney (JCP.N) 0.8 -1.8 1.1 $1.31 bln The retailer expects the challenging retail environment
to continue for the foreseeable future. It is
approaching the fourth quarter and 2008 cautiously to
keep its inventory levels and costs at desired levels. Macy’s (M.N) -0.6 -1.5 -0.5 $1.85 bln For the third quarter, total sales rose 0.4 percent to
$5.91 billion. On a same-store sales basis, they were
down 0.8 percent Nordstrom (JWN.N) 1.1 -2.4 0.5 $625.7 mln Sales of designer apparel and accessories were strong,
but business in California was hurt by fires in the
southern part of the state. Saks SKS.N 5.6 10.6 15.9 $269.1 mln Categories like shoes, fine jewelry and contemporary
apparel were strong during October at its Saks Fifth
Avenue outlets. Dillard’s (DDS.N) -2.7 -7.0 6.0 $444.7 mln Sales were above average in the Central region, but
they were below trend in the Eastern and Western
regions. Cosmetics category performed strongly, but
sales of juniors and children’s apparel were
significantly below trend. Bon-Ton Stores BONT.O^ -1.0 -1.4 -2.0 $244.7 mln Unseasonably warm weather and a cautious consumer hurt
the October sales at the company. All cold weather
related apparel and accessories posted disappointing