Home glows at Ross Stores
By Staff -- Home Textiles Today, 5/23/2007 12:01:00 PM
Pleasanton,Calif.– Home was one of the two “best performing” merchandise categories during the first quarter for Ross Stores, the retailer said during its earnings call today; dresses was the other top-selling category.
Net earnings rose 13% to $67.0 million from $59.2 million one year ago. Sales climbed 9% to $1.4 billion, but comps were flat.
Michael Balmuth, vice chairman, president and ceo, said, "For the second quarter ending August 4, 2007 , we are forecasting same-store sales gains of 1% to 2% and earnings per share in the range of $.35 to $.37.” He added that earlier earnings guidance of $1.85 to $1.95 per share for the year is still valid.
Looking ahead to the fourth quarter, Ross said it remains on focus to expand its gift-giving merchandise for the holiday season. In addition, home – “which continues to post solid gains” – will be relied upon to keep driving traffic, as it has historically, especially during the fourth quarter.
On the real estate front, the 830-unit off-price retailer – 796 Ross Dress for Less and 34 dd’s discounts locations – forecasts second-quarter openings of 32 locations: 21 Ross and 11 dd’s.
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