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April 9 (Reuters) - The following table lists select U.S. retail companies that have reported March 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 COMMENTS
Estimates Actuals Value Change ================================================================ ======================================================= Discount Stores ———————————————————————————————— ———————————————————————————- Wal-Mart* (WMT.N) 3.2 1.4 $36.21 bln -1.9 A late Easter negatively affected
sales at Walmart US stores.
Average ticket was also lower.
Health and wellness, home, and
grocery led comparable store sales
growth for the March period. Home
and “do-it-yourself” categories
had mid-single digit comparable
store sales gains during the
March period. Target (TGT.N) -7.4 -6.3 $5.54 bln -2.3 The shift in Easter affected sales
for March, but the company expects
April reported comparable-store
sales results to be essentially
flat to last year. Costco** (COST.O) -1.7 -5.O $6.39 bln -3.0 A calendar shift due to the timing
of Easter, which added a day of sales
in March 2009, helped the company’s
total and comparable sales by about
1 to 2 percent. BJ’s Wholesale** (BJ.N) 2.3 -0.1 $870.3 mln 1.7 Gasoline sales fell 8.6 percent
during the month. Excluding the
negative impact of gasoline sales,
merchandise comparable club
sales increased by 8.5 percent.
Sales results reflected the calendar
shift in the timing of Easter.
The metro New York region had the
highest comparable club sales
increase and the Southeast region
had the largest decrease. Breakfast
foods, candy, canned fruits and
vegetables were among the best
performers while apparel, jewelry,
prerecorded video and sporting
goods were among weaker performers. TJX Cos (TJX.N) -2.1 2.0 $1.7 bln
flat Favorable weather conditions and
newer collections helped boost
sales. One extra selling day in
March this year, due to Easter
falling in April, helped lift sales.
The company now expects first
quarter earnings per share will be at
or slightly above the high end of
previously forecasted range of
32 cents to 38 cents. Ross Stores (ROST.O) -3.9 3.0 $682.0 mln 8.0
Bargain deals and a better-than-
expected weather helped sales
performance during the month.
Dresses and Shoes were the best
performing merchandise categories
while the Mid-Atlantic and
Southeast were the strongest regions.