(Adds total sales, comments)
Sept 4 (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 has 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 in percentage change over the same period last year, except the total sales figure.
Same-store sales Total sales Company Symbol Estimate# Actual~ Value* Change Comments ================================================================ =========================================================== Discount Stores ———————————————————————————————— —————————————————————————————- Wal-Mart## (WMT.N) 1.6 3.0 $30.67 bln 8.7 Sales were strongest in grocery and
“health and wellness,” which
includes medicines. School and
college offerings, including denim
products, licensed apparel, school
supplies and home furnishings, did
well. For September, it expects
U.S. same-store sales, excluding
fuel, to increase 2 percent to 3
percent. Target (TGT.N) -2.6 -2.1 $4.85 bln 3.1 It saw strong sales in
non-discretionary healthcare and
food categories. Jewelry,
accessories, home assortments,
ladies and men’s apparel sales
fell. The U.S. West and Southwest
were the weakest. It forecast
September same-store sales to be
down 1 percent to up 1 percent,
with greater than normal volatility
due to current and expected
tropical storm activity. Costco^^ (COST.O) 9.9 9.0 $5.41 bln 12.0 While higher gasoline prices helped
U.S. comps, foreign exchange rates
hurt international same-store
sales. Its food business saw
increased sales, while tobacco
sales trended downward. Strongest
U.S. results came from the
Southeast, Midwest, Northwest and
Texas regions, while California
continued to lag. BJ’s Wholesale^^ BJ.N 14.1 15.4 $774.4 mln 17.0 Sales were driven by higher
gasoline prices and increased sales
in food and general merchandise.
Bakery, coffee, computer equipment,
dairy and health and beauty were
among the strongest departments.
The U.S. Southeast and upstate New
York had the highest sales