US department store group Macy’s Inc. on Wednesday announced it had cut its full-year same-store sales, stating that a 3.3 per cent rise in second-quarter sales would not offset weakness from the first quarter.
Diesel’s parent company Pacific Brands this week slashed its full year guidance and flagged a strategic review to streamline its business.
EBay has announced a lower-than-expected sales and profit forecast for its final quarter.
Food and apparel company Associated British Foods Plc has revealed it expects second-half earnings to exceed its own expectations for the period thanks to a surge in growth at its fast-fashion chain, Primark. The FTSE 100 company said its adjusted operating profit for the second half will top forecasts, while adjusted earnings share for the 12 months to 14 September will “show good progress,” the group said in a statement on Monday.
Carrefour on Thursday announced a clear improvement at its core French business as its plan for recovery began to gain traction. The world’s second largest retailer between Walmart and Tesco has struggled in recent years in its domestic European market, after building a heavy reliance on its hypermarket stores, during a time of shifting consumer behaviour that now tends towards smaller, localised stores.
A survey by the Confederation of British Industry on Wednesday revealed British retail sales fell at their fastest pace in 16 months during May. CBI’s monthly distributive trades survey showed the sales balance fell to -11 from -1 in April, despite an analyst forecast for a reading of +3.
One of Britain’s best-known brands is expected to report its lowest annual profit in four years on Tuesday, as sales continue to drag for Marks & Spencer. The department store is forecast by analysts to report a profit before tax and one-off items of £640 million to £670 million tomorrow, with a consensus of £658 million, according to a company poll.
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