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WILL SHOPPERS FIND BLACK FRIDAY DEALS THIS YEAR? HOW MUCH ARE SHOPPERS EXPECTED TO SPEND? Spending online during Black Friday is expected to rise 5.7% to roughly $9.6 billion, according to Adobe. WHAT ARE RETAILERS DOING TO ATTRACT HOLIDAY SHOPPERS? Macy's CEO Jeff Gennette on Thursday said the competitive landscape has shifted to Black Friday deals prior to Black Friday.
Persons: Marcus Collins, Collins, Jane Hali, Max, Lancome mascaras, Bobbi Brown concealers, Dana Telsey, Leonardo Fernandez Viloria, David Bujnicki, Kimco, Jeff Gennette, Mattel, Steve Totzke, Juveria Tabassum, Savyata Mishra, Richa Naidu, Helen Reid, Herbert Lash, Josie Kao Organizations: Retailers, Department, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, Dollar, Walmart, Associates, Nordstrom, Adobe Analytics, Electronics, Mastercard, National Retail Federation, Telsey Advisory, Sensormatic Solutions, U.S, Black, REUTERS, Adobe, Labor, Kimco Realty Corp, Consumers, Deloitte, Reuters, Thomson Locations: U.S, Europe, Philadelphia, China, United States, Caracas, Venezuela, Panama, Israel, Sixth, Washington, Germany, India, Spain, United Kingdom, Bengaluru, London
Best Buy sees steeper decline in annual comparable sales
  + stars: | 2023-11-21 | by ( )   time to read: +1 min
A Best Buy store is seen in Niles, Illinois near Chicago, September 23, 2013. REUTERS/Jim Young/File Photo Acquire Licensing RightsNov 21 (Reuters) - Best Buy (BBY.N) said on Tuesday it expects a steeper drop in full-year comparable sales, anticipating shoppers to remain selective in purchases of big-ticket items like electronics and home appliances despite elevated holiday season promotions. The company's shares, down nearly 15% this year, fell 2.4% in premarket trading after a miss on third-quarter revenue estimates. The top U.S. electronics retailer now expects annual comparable sales to decline in the range of 6.0% to 7.5%, compared with its prior range of a 4.5% to 6.0% drop. Total revenue fell to $9.76 billion in the third quarter ended Oct. 28 from about $10.59 billion a year earlier and compared with LSEG estimates of $9.90 billion.
Persons: Jim Young, Corie Barry, Savyata Mishra, Sriraj Organizations: REUTERS, Thomson Locations: Niles , Illinois, Chicago, Bengaluru
"In the more recent macro environment, consumer demand has been even more uneven and difficult to predict," Best Buy CEO Corie Barry said. U.S. holiday sales are expected to rise at its slowest pace in five years, according to data from the National Retail Federation, as Americans are likely to pull back on holiday shopping. REUTERS/Bing Guan/File Photo Acquire Licensing RightsLast week, industry bellwether Walmart (WMT.N) warned of cautious consumer spending as the holiday shopping season gets underway. Retail executives said higher interest rates, inflation and a resumption in student loan repayments will keep consumer wallets under pressure. Still, some investors expect holiday sales starting Black Friday to hold "some positive surprises."
Persons: Corie Barry, Bing Guan, Fitch, David Silverman, Marvin Ellison, Thomas Hayes, Rachel Wolff, Ananya Mariam Rajesh, Savyata Mishra, Granth Vanaik, Juby Babu, Shounak Dasgupta Organizations: National Retail Federation, REUTERS, Walmart, Retail, Apparel, Abercrombie, Fitch, American Eagle Outfitters, Insider Intelligence, Thomson Locations: United States, SoHo, New York City, U.S, Bengaluru
REUTERS/Jim Young/File Photo Acquire Licensing RightsNov 21 (Reuters) - Top U.S. electronics retailer Best Buy (BBY.N) on Tuesday forecast a bigger decline in annual comparable sales and pointed to "difficult to predict" consumer demand, days ahead of Black Friday that signals the start of the holiday shopping season. "In the more recent macro environment, consumer demand has been even more uneven and difficult to predict," CEO Corie Barry said in a statement. Retailers from Lowe's (LOW.N) to Walmart (WMT.N) have warned of cautious consumer spending as the holiday shopping season gets underway. U.S. holiday sales this year are expected to grow at a slower pace, according to data from the National Retail Federation. Best Buy's third-quarter revenue fell 8.2% to $9 billion in the U.S. as demand fell again across appliances, home theater, computing and mobile phones, signaling that higher discounts failed to entice shoppers.
Persons: Jim Young, Corie Barry, Steven Zaccone, Savyata Mishra, Sriraj Organizations: REUTERS, Lowe's, Walmart, National Retail Federation, Citi, Thomson Locations: Niles , Illinois, Chicago, U.S, comparables, Bengaluru
Analysts attended earnings calls in the third quarter armed with questions for healthcare and consumer companies about the potential effect on their sales from the growing popularity of these drugs, known as GLP-1 agonists. A Reuters analysis of earnings transcripts for the third quarter showed "GLP-1" or alternatives like "obesity" or "weight-loss medications" were mentioned 256 times across 29 U.S. and European healthcare and consumer companies. That's more than double the mentions for the second quarter, when those phrases came up 127 times. While some consumer companies have talked about factors such as fewer calories being consumed, "these kind of large extrapolations" seem to be a bit of a stretch, said BMO Capital analyst Evan Seigerman. For big pharma manufacturers like Pfizer (PFE.N) and Amgen (AMGN.O), analyst questions were aimed at their obesity drug candidates.
Persons: Lilly, George Frey, Jeff Jonas, it's, Eli Lilly's, John Furner, Mondelez, Eli Lilly, Evan Seigerman, LVMH, Rajesh Kumar, Jonas, Bhanvi Satija, Savyata Mishra, Arpan Varghese, David Gaffen, Shounak Organizations: Novo Nordisk, Pharmacy, REUTERS, Gabelli, Novo, Walmart, Walmart U.S, Hershey, Truist Securities, Krispy, BMO Capital, Danish, pharma, Pfizer, Devices, HSBC, Thomson Locations: Provo , Utah, U.S, United States, Novo, Bengaluru
Shoppers are seen outside Macy's in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., March 30, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs Acquire Licensing RightsNov 16 (Reuters) - Macy's (M.N) on Thursday reported an improvement in margins and a lower-than-expected drop in quarterly sales, sending its shares 10% higher in premarket trading. The Bloomingdale parent said its gross margins improved 160 basis points in the third quarter due to lower markdowns within the Macy’s brand, as well as easing freight charges. The U.S. department store operator's net sales fell 7.1% to $4.86 billion in the third quarter ended Oct. 28, while analysts' had estimated a 7.9% drop to $4.82 billion, according to LSEG data. The company logged an adjusted net income of $59 million, or 21 cents per share, from $143 million, or 52 cents per share last year.
Persons: Caitlin Ochs, Savyata Mishra, Sriraj Organizations: REUTERS, Bloomingdale, Thomson Locations: Manhattan, New York City , New York, U.S, Bengaluru
[1/4] Consumers struggle to enter a store to buy shoes in a store at a shopping center during Black Friday sales, in Caracas, Venezuela November 25, 2022. WILL SHOPPERS FIND BLACK FRIDAY DEALS THIS YEAR? HOW MUCH ARE SHOPPERS EXPECTED TO SPEND? Spending online during Black Friday is expected to rise 5.7% to roughly $9.6 billion, according to Adobe Analytics. Macy's CEO Jeff Gennette on Thursday said the competitive landscape has shifted to Black Friday deals prior to Black Friday.
Persons: Leonardo Fernandez Viloria, Marcus Collins, Collins, Dana Telsey, Jane Hali, Max, Lancome mascaras, Bobbi Brown concealers, Jeff Gennette, Mattel, Steve Totzke, Juveria Tabassum, Savyata Mishra, Richa Naidu, Helen Reid, Josie Kao Organizations: Black, REUTERS, Retailers, Department, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, Labor, National Retail Federation, Telsey Advisory, Sensormatic Solutions, U.S, Adobe Analytics, Dollar, Walmart, Associates, Nordstrom, Adobe, Consumers, Deloitte, Electronics, Mastercard, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Caracas, Venezuela, U.S, Europe, Philadelphia, Panama, United States, United Kingdom, China, Bengaluru, London
Shoppers are seen outside Macy's in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., March 30, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs Acquire Licensing RightsNov 16 (Reuters) - Macy's (M.N) crushed analysts' estimates for quarterly profit on lower inventories and strong demand for beauty products, sending the department store operator's shares surging as much as 14% on Thursday. "(We are) entering the holiday period in a healthy inventory position," Macy's outgoing CEO Jeff Gennette said in a statement. Gross margins improved 160 basis points in the third quarter, driven by a 110 basis points jump in merchandise margins, bolstered by lower markdowns within the Macy's brand and reduced freight costs. Credit card revenues again declined, down 100 basis points year-on-year, indicating its core middle-income consumer faced difficulty in repaying debts as interest rates climbed.
Persons: Caitlin Ochs, Jeff Gennette, Tony Spring, Rachel Wolff, Macy's, Savyata Mishra, Sriraj Organizations: REUTERS, Bloomingdale, Target, Walmart, Insider, Thomson Locations: Manhattan, New York City , New York, U.S, Bengaluru
LSEG Workspace, a financial news and data platform, calculated inventory turnover ratios of 30 major U.S. retailers for Reuters. "I am relatively pessimistic about the holiday season," said Gerald Storch, retail consultant and former Target vice chairman and ex-CEO of Hudson's Bay. Department stores' holiday season is "likely not going to be that strong," said David Swartz, a Morningstar analyst. Reuters Graphics Reuters GraphicsTo be sure, inventory turnover is not the only metric Wall Street investors use to judge retailers' inventory levels. Some are already slashing prices and dangling discounts to clear excess inventory before Black Friday, the start of holiday shopping season.
Persons: King, King of Prussia, Sarah Silbiger, Gerald Storch, Jeff Bornino, David Swartz, Ulta, pare, Jason Benowitz, Joseph Feldman, Jane Hali, Nordstrom, Brian Mulberry, Savyata Mishra, Ananya Mariam Rajesh, Richa Naidu, Siddharth Cavale, Aishwarya Venugopal, Rod Nickel Organizations: REUTERS, Dollar, Walmart, Reuters, North America, Kroger, Department, Morningstar, TJX Companies, Dick's Sporting, Reuters Graphics Reuters, Roosevelt, Telsey Advisory, Research, Associates, Nordstrom, Zacks Investment Management, Thomson Locations: King of, King, King of Prussia , Pennsylvania, U.S, Hudson's, North
A signage is seen in the offices of Tapestry, Inc., in Manhattan, New York, U.S., November 19, 2021. Shares of the Coach parent rose 6% in early trading, as its profit beat market expectations. Sales at Coach, Tapestry's biggest brand, grew 3%, as demand for its Tabby shoulder bags nearly doubled from last year. It expects 2024 revenue of about $6.7 billion, lower than its prior target of nearly $6.9 billion, weighed by a stronger dollar. Net sales were flat at $1.51 billion in the quarter ended Sept. 30 from last year.
Persons: Andrew Kelly, Joanne Crevoiserat, Crevoiserat, Savyata Mishra, Juby Babu, Arun Koyyur Organizations: Tapestry, Inc, REUTERS, Capri, U.S . Federal, Thomson Locations: Manhattan , New York, U.S, North America, China, Bengaluru
Nov 6 (Reuters) - Wall Street brokerages largely initiated Birkenstock (BIRK.N) with their top ratings, pointing to a likely boost from the German luxury sandal maker's recent investments to increase capacity, expansion into newer styles and brand loyalty. Birkenstock's shares dropped to as low as $35.83 in the days after listing on Oct. 11 and has traded below the IPO price of $46 apiece. Citigroup was among the most bullish, with a price target of $52, a more than 26% jump from the last close. Telsey Advisory Group analysts said Birkenstock has further avenue to expand into footwear categories such as orthopedics and professional, outdoor and active, kids, home, and sneakers. Morgan Stanley assigned a price target of $41 and an "equal-weight" rating, saying most catalysts were already priced in.
Persons: Birkenstock's, Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Jefferies, Birkenstock, Bernard Arnault, Lorraine Hutchinson, Morgan Stanley, Hogan, Riley, Reshma Rockie George, Susan Mathew, Savyata Mishra, Amruta Khandekar, Maju Samuel, Sriraj Organizations: Arm Holdings, Citigroup, Telsey Advisory, U.S ., Global, Thomson Locations: U.S, French, Bengaluru
Nov 6 (Reuters) - Starbucks (SBUX.O) will raise the hourly pay for its U.S. retail workers by at least 3% from 2024, it said on Monday as it plans to expand its store count amid strong demand for its coffees from younger and more affluent customer base. It has about 17,000 stores in North America and its U.S. workers draw an average wage of $15 to $24 per hour and a total compensation, with benefits, of nearly $27 per hour. The company said employees with two to five years of service would be eligible for at least a 4% hike, while those with five or more years could get at least a 5% increase in pay. "Coupled with higher wages and the expansion of hours, these investments have not only resulted in lower turnover... but have also increased hourly total cash compensation by nearly 50% since fiscal year 2020," the company said in a statement. Reporting by Savyata Mishra in Bengaluru; Editing by Arun KoyyurOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Savyata Mishra, Arun Koyyur Organizations: Thomson Locations: North America, Bengaluru
Mondelez hikes annual forecasts for third time this year
  + stars: | 2023-11-01 | by ( )   time to read: +1 min
Mondelez International logo and stock graph are seen displayed in this illustration picture taken July 26, 2021. Picture taken July 26, 2021. Shares of the Chicago-based snack maker rose 3% in after-hours trading as it also beat quarterly net revenue estimates. Mondelez's organic net revenue for the full year is expected to grow 14% to 15% compared with a prior expectation of a more than 12% growth. Quarterly net revenue was $9.03 billion in the third quarter ended Sept. 30, from $7.76 billion a year earlier.
Persons: Dado Ruvic, Kraft Heinz, Savyata Mishra, Krishna Chandra Organizations: REUTERS, Mondelez, Thomson Locations: Chicago, Bengaluru
Bottles of Heinz Tomato Ketchup, a brand owned by The Kraft Heinz Company, are seen in a store in Manhattan, New York, U.S., November 11, 2021. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly Acquire Licensing RightsNov 1 (Reuters) - Kraft Heinz (KHC.O) beat Wall Street estimates for third-quarter profit and raised its annual forecast as the Jell-O maker's margins benefited from higher prices of its packaged meals and condiments. Kraft's prices increased by 7.1 percentage points for the quarter, boosting its adjusted gross margin by 396 basis points to 34%. However, the higher prices took a toll on demand from inflation-hit customers, sending Kraft's overall volumes down 5.4 percentage points even as organic net sales grew 1.7%. The Philadelphia Cream Cheese maker forecast full-year adjusted profit in the range of $2.91 to $2.99 per share, compared with its previous range of $2.83 to $2.91.
Persons: Andrew Kelly, Kraft Heinz, General Mills, Savyata Mishra, Mary Manoj, Devika Organizations: The Kraft Heinz Company, REUTERS, Kellogg, Cola, Philadelphia Cream, Thomson Locations: Manhattan , New York, U.S
REUTERS/Andrew Kelly/File photo Acquire Licensing RightsOct 26 (Reuters) - Hasbro (HAS.O) cut its annual revenue forecast for the second time this year on weak toy demand and joined Barbie-maker Mattel to warn of choppy holiday-quarter sales, sending its shares down 12% before the bell. The Monopoly maker expects 2023 revenue to tumble 13% to 15% compared to a prior forecast of a 3% to 6% decline. Its third-quarter revenue and profit also missed market expectations, with revenue from its core toy business dropping 18% as shoppers cut back on non-essential spending. Hasbro saw a 40% surge in digital and licensed gaming revenue on strong demand for its "Monopoly Go" and "Baldur's Gate III" games. Analysts have warned that uncertain holiday spend and softer toy demand could prompt retailers to keep supply tight and offer steep discounts to avoid a pile-up like last year.
Persons: FAO Schwarz, Andrew Kelly, Barbie, Chris Cocks, James Zahn, Savyata Mishra, Arun Koyyur Organizations: Hasbro, Inc, FAO, REUTERS, Mattel, Consumer Products, Thomson Locations: Manhattan , New York City, U.S, Bengaluru
[1/3] Shoppers wait in line at Target on the Thanksgiving Day holiday in Burbank, California, November 22, 2012. REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn/File Photo Acquire Licensing RightsOct 18 (Reuters) - U.S. companies plan to hire thousands to boost staffing in their warehouses and distribution centers as they prepare for the crucial holiday shopping season. Hiring of seasonal workers by U.S. retailers is set to drop to levels last seen in 2008, according to a report by Challenger, Gray & Christmas, while holiday sales are estimated to grow at their slowest pace in five years. Here is a list of companies that have announced hiring plans for this holiday season:Reporting by Savyata Mishra in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj KalluvilaOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Jonathan Alcorn, Savyata Mishra, Sriraj Organizations: REUTERS, U.S, Challenger, Thomson Locations: Target, Burbank , California, Bengaluru
REUTERS/Cheney Orr/File Photo Acquire Licensing RightsOct 16 (Reuters) - Most Wall Street brokerages, including J.P.Morgan and Goldman Sachs, kicked off coverage on Instacart (CART.O) with a bullish view, betting on the grocery delivery app's growth amid a shift to online shopping. The stock — following a lukewarm debut in September — closed at $25.57 on Friday, below its $30 initial public offering (IPO) price. At least half of Instacart's 20 IPO underwriters have initiated coverage with their top ratings after the quiet period ended. Instacart's slow growth compared to rivals is a top concern, as a reduction in food stamp benefits and a shift back to in-store shopping could limit GTV growth, according to Piper Sandler analyst Alexander Potter. As of Friday, the six brokerages that were not involved in the IPO started coverage with an average rating of "hold", LSEG data showed.
Persons: Eric Cohn, Cheney Orr, Goldman Sachs, , Baird, Colin Sebastian, Scott Devitt, Justin Post, Piper Sandler, Alexander Potter, Savyata Mishra, Shilpi Majumdar Organizations: Safeway, REUTERS, J.P.Morgan, underwriters, Walmart, Wedbush, BofA Global Research, Thomson Locations: Tucson , Arizona, U.S, Instacart, Bengaluru
A view of a fresh food aisle at a Dollar General store in Norridge, Chicago, U.S., August 24, 2021. With Vasos' appointment, Dollar General hopes "to restore stability and confidence" in the company, whose stock has lost more than half its value so far this year. But for now, the company trimmed its annual sales and profit estimates for a third time, just over a month after it forecast a steep drop in annual profit and missed market expectations for second-quarter results. Vasos "is acutely aware of the challenges facing our business and the industry more broadly" Dollar General said, adding his appointment was effective immediately. It tightened the range of its annual net sales growth outlook to 1.5% to 2.5%, from a prior range of 1.3% to 3.3% growth.
Persons: Richa Naidu, Todd Vasos, Jeffery Owen, Vasos, Savyata Mishra, Maju Samuel, Shinjini Organizations: REUTERS, Thomson Locations: Norridge , Chicago, U.S, Bengaluru
REUTERS/Stephanie Keith/File Photo Acquire Licensing RightsOct 5 (Reuters) - Online sales during the crucial U.S. holiday season are expected to rise 4.8% from a year earlier as retailers go all out to woo inflation-hit consumers with even bigger discounts and promotions, a report from Adobe Analytics showed on Thursday. Adobe said the holiday season would see heavy discounts this year, especially in the toys, sporting goods and furniture categories, with markdowns peaking at 35%. Last month, Mastercard's (MA.N)SpendingPulse report forecast a 6.7% rise in online sales during the holiday season. Online discounts expected to be as high as 35% this holiday seasonWith (AMZN.O) hosting its second Prime Day sale in October, holiday shopping is expected to start as early as this month. Shoppers, especially the younger ones, are more likely to use buy-now-pay-later services to stretch their budgets, according to the report.
Persons: Stephanie Keith, Adobe, Savyata Mishra, Anil D'Silva Organizations: REUTERS, Adobe Analytics, Walmart, Adobe, Thomson Locations: New York City, U.S, Bengaluru
Employees works on an assembly line at startup Rivian Automotive's electric vehicle factory in Normal, Illinois, U.S. April 11, 2022. REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski/File Photo Acquire Licensing RightsOct 4 (Reuters) - Electric-vehicle maker Rivian Automotive (RIVN.O) on Wednesday said it plans to sell green convertible bonds worth $1.5 billion and forecast quarterly revenue to rise in line with estimates. Rivian's cash balance as of Sept. 30 was estimated to be at $9.1 billion, down from $10.2 billion in June, it said. The company expects revenue for the three months ended Sept. 30 to be between $1.29 billion and $1.33 billion, compared with nearly $540 million a year earlier. Reporting by Savyata Mishra in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju SamuelOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Kamil Krzaczynski, Tesla, Savyata Mishra, Maju Samuel Organizations: REUTERS, Rivian, EV, Thomson Locations: Normal , Illinois, U.S, Irvine , California, United States, Bengaluru
Clorox, reeling from cyberattack, expects quarterly loss
  + stars: | 2023-10-04 | by ( )   time to read: +2 min
Bottles of Clorox bleach are displayed for sale on the shelves of a Wal-Mart store in Rogers, Arkansas, June 4, 2009. "The company expects to experience ongoing, but lessening, operational impacts in the second quarter as it makes progress in returning to normalized operations," it said in a statement. A Clorox spokesperson said the company had informed law enforcement about the attack but had no further comment. The company expects a loss per share of between 35 cents and 75 cents in the quarter ended on Sept. 30, and for net sales to fall by 23% to 28% from a year earlier. "The impact from the cybersecurity attack more than offset the benefits of pricing, cost savings and supply chain optimization," Clorox said.
Persons: Jessica Rinaldi, Clorox, Savyata Mishra, Zeba Siddiqui, Shilpi Majumdar, Tom Hogue Organizations: REUTERS, cyberattacks, MGM Resorts International, Caesars Entertainment, Reuters, MGM, Caesars, Bloomberg, FBI, Thomson Locations: Rogers , Arkansas, U.S, Oakland , California, Bengaluru, San Francisco
REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo Acquire Licensing RightsOct 4 (Reuters) - Canadian technology company BlackBerry (BB.TO), said on Wednesday it would separate its Internet of Things (IoT) and cybersecurity business units and target a subsidiary initial public offering for the IoT business next fiscal year. BlackBerry joins a number of companies that have split their units in recent years, favoring a leaner corporate structure to help investors better evaluate their separate businesses. BlackBerry said in May it would consider strategic options for its portfolio of businesses that could include the possible separation of one or more of its businesses. Last year, it pulled the plug on its smartphones business and has since been trying to sell its legacy patents related to its mobile devices. IoT revenue was $49 million, while cybersecurity revenue came in at $79 million.
Persons: Mike Blake, Johnson, John Chen, BlackBerry, Savyata Mishra, Samrhitha, Shilpi Majumdar, Shinjini Organizations: REUTERS, BlackBerry, Kellogg, Healthcare, Johnson, General Electric, Reuters, Veritas Capital, Thomson Locations: Irvine , California, U.S, Canadian, Waterloo , Ontario, Bengaluru
People visit the Nike store at 5th Avenue during the holiday season in New York City, U.S., December 9, 2022. The company had turned to steep discounting to clear the excess inventory, which had weighed on its margins in the past few quarters. Nike on Thursday estimated a 100 basis point boost to current-quarter gross margin while maintaining its annual forecasts. The jump also lifted shares of Adidas, Puma and JD Sports (JD.L) between 5%-7%. Still, demand in North America remained under pressure, leading Nike to post a slight miss on first-quarter revenue.
Persons: Eduardo Munoz, Drake MacFarlane, David Swartz, Simeon Siegel, Piper Sandler, Abbie Zvejnieks, Savyata Mishra, Deborah Sophia, Sriraj Organizations: Nike, REUTERS, Science, Rivals, Adidas, Puma, Morningstar, BMO, JD Sports, Dick's Sporting, Thomson Locations: New York City, U.S, China, North America, Bengaluru
Sept 28 (Reuters) - Chico's FAS (CHS.N) will be taken private by Sycamore Partners for $938.1 million in an all-cash deal, the apparel retailer said on Thursday, sending its shares surging 63% in premarket trading. Sycamore is known to bet on retail and consumer investments and has stake in department store operator Belk, discount retailer Dollar Express and mall and web-based specialty retailer Hot Topic. The private equity firm has been trying to acquire Florida-based Chico's since 2015 after it failed to secure acceptable financing terms for its bid. In 2019, Sycamore had offered $407.8 million, which was eventually lowered to $350 million after Chico's financial performance worsened, but the deal was rejected by its shareholders. ..three brands Chico's, White House Black Market and Soma," Chico's CEO Molly Langenstein said.
Persons: Sycamore, Molly Langenstein, Savyata Mishra, Sriraj Kalluvila, Arun Koyyur Organizations: Chico's FAS, Sycamore Partners, Chico's, Belk, Dollar Express, Barington Capital Group, Black, Thomson Locations: Sycamore, Florida, U.S, Bengaluru
In 2022, inventory "shrink" as a percentage of total retail sales accounted for $112.1 billion in losses, up from $93.9 billion in 2021, according to the NRF report on Tuesday. Retailers are either being forced to close a specific store location, reduce operating hours or alter in-store product selection to deal with the spike in retail crime, the report added. Dollar Tree (DLTR.O) has said it plans to remove goods like men's underwear, an item most prone to retail theft, from its stores. Retailers are ramping up prevention methods with 34% of respondents increasing internal payroll to support risks related to retail crime and 46% increasing the use of third-party security personnel among other methods, according to NRF. The NRF survey was conducted online among senior loss prevention and security executives in the retail industry with insights from 177 retail brands.
Persons: Brendan McDermid, David Johnston, John Rainey, Ananya Mariam Rajesh, Savyata Mishra, Siddharth Cavale, Shounak Dasgupta Organizations: Black, REUTERS, National Retail Federation, U.S, Kroger, Asset Protection, Retail, Retailers, Walmart, Telsey, Thomson Locations: Brooklyn , New York, U.S, New York, San Francisco , Los Angeles, Houston, Britain, Bengaluru
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