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Macy’s, Inc. Reports Third Quarter Earnings Of 36 Cents Per Diluted Share

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For the year to date, Macy’s, Inc. sales totaled $18.336 billion, up 3.7 percent from total sales of $17.681 billion in the first 39 weeks of 2011. On a same-store basis, Macy’s, Inc.’s year-to-date sales were up 3.7 percent.

Online sales (macys.com and bloomingdales.com combined) were up 40.4 percent in the third quarter and 36.8 percent year to date, compared with the same periods in 2011. Online sales positively affected the company’s same-store sales by 2.2 percentage points in the third quarter and 1.8 percentage points in the year to date. Online sales are included in the same-store sales calculation for Macy's, Inc.

In the third quarter, the company opened new Bloomingdale’s Outlet stores, as previously announced, in Westbury, NY, and Grand Prairie, TX. A third new Bloomingdale’s Outlet store in Livermore, CA, is opening in the second week of the fourth quarter. A Macy’s men’s and furniture store in Santa Ana, CA, was closed in the third quarter, with its business consolidated into a full-line Macy’s store in the same shopping center.

Macy’s, Inc. announced today that it will discontinue reporting monthly sales, beginning in fiscal 2013, consistent with the practice of most other retailers. Sales will continue to be reported quarterly, along with earnings and cash flow.

Operating Income

Macy’s, Inc.’s operating income totaled $325 million or 5.4 percent of sales for the quarter ended Oct. 27, 2012, compared with operating income of $291 million or 5.0 percent of sales for the same period last year. For the first three quarters of 2012, Macy’s, Inc.’s operating income totaled $1.270 billion or 6.9 percent of sales, compared with operating income of $1.127 billion or 6.4 percent of sales for the same period last year.

Cash Flow

Net cash provided by operating activities was $889 million in the first three quarters of 2012, compared with $627 million in the first three quarters of 2011. Net cash used by investing activities in the first three quarters of 2012 was $615 million, compared with $472 million a year ago. Net cash used by financing activities in the first three quarters of 2012 was $1.837 billion, compared with net cash used by financing activities in the first three quarters of 2011 of $522 million.

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