Gross profit was $53.9 million, or 43.2% of net sales in the first six months of fiscal 2012, as compared to $57.7 million, or 44.4% of net sales, in the prior year period. The $3.7 million decrease in gross profit was primarily related to the decrease in sales from closed stores as well as the 120 basis point decrease in gross margin and $1.1 million decrease related to translating the gross profit of the Canadian operation to U.S. dollars. The 120 basis point decrease in gross margin was primarily attributable to the sale of higher priced products which have a lower margin rate representing a larger percentage of the overall sales as well as a strategic decision to more aggressively reduce inventory of discontinued products and brands.Selling, general and administrative expenses (“SG&A”) for the period were $52.7 million, or 42.2% of net sales, as compared to $55.3 million, or 42.6% of net sales, in the prior-year period. The $2.6 million decrease in SG&A includes a $1.0 million decrease in expenses related to foreign currency translation resulting from the translation of Canadian expenses into U.S. dollars with a relatively weaker Canadian dollar, and lower expenses related to the seven closed stores.
Birks & Mayors Reports First Half Comparable Store Sales Increase 3% And Reports Mid-Year Financial Results
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