Stage Stores, Inc. (NYSE: SSI) today reported total sales of $100 million for the five week January period ended February 2, 2013 versus $85 million for the prior year four week January period ended January 28, 2012. Comparable store sales for the first four weeks of this year’s January period increased 10.5%.
Every merchandise category achieved a comparable store sales increase for the month, with accessories, home, intimates, junior sportswear and misses sportswear posting comparable store sales gains that exceeded the Company average. Geographically, every region of the country achieved a comparable store sales increase, with the Northeast, Mid Atlantic and South Central regions outperforming.
For the fourteen week fourth quarter, the Company reported total sales of $528 million versus $479 million for the thirteen week fourth quarter last year. Comparable store sales during the first thirteen weeks of this year’s fourth quarter grew 6.6%. For the 53 week 2012 fiscal year, total sales were $1,646 million versus $1,512 million for the 52 week 2011 fiscal year. Comparable store sales during the first 52 weeks of the 2012 fiscal year increased 5.7%.
Michael Glazer, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “January put an exclamation point on a fantastic fourth quarter and year, as the month’s strong performance helped push comparable store sales for both periods to their highest levels in over 10 years. We achieved solid comparable store sales increases across all of our families of business and in all areas of the country in January. With these strong sales results, as we previously announced, we will meet or exceed the high end of our earnings guidance range for the 2012 fiscal year.“Our strong finish to the year gives us momentum heading into 2013. That, coupled with the initiatives we have in place to build upon the excitement that we created in 2012 in our merchandising, marketing and stores, makes us optimistic that we can continue to deliver strong sales and earnings growth,” Mr. Glazer concluded.
|Comparable Store Sales||Total Sales|
|% Increase (Decrease)||($ in Millions)|
|Fiscal Period||2012||2011||2012 (1)||2011 (2)|
|1 st Quarter||2.5||0.2||366||347|
|2 nd Quarter||5.4||0.9||381||353|
|3 rd Quarter||8.1||(0.6||)||371||333|
|4 th Quarter||6.6||(3)||1.3||528||479|
|(1)||Fiscal 2012 consisted of 53 weeks and ran from January 29, 2012 to February 2, 2013.|
|(2)||Fiscal 2011 consisted of 52 weeks and ran from January 30, 2011 to January 28, 2012.|
|(3)||Comparable store sales are calculated over the first 4 weeks of the 5 week January period, the first 13 weeks of the 14 week fourth quarter, and the first 52 weeks of the 53 week 2012 fiscal year.|
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