We expect this issue will have a significant impact on our financial results. Up to March 17, 2013, we were tracking to a comparable-store sales percentage increase of 11% on a constant dollar basis and expected revenue guidance to be in a range of $350 million to $355 million for the first quarter of 2013. We now expect a comparable-store sales percentage increase in the range of 5% to 8% for the first quarter of 2013, resulting in an expected revenue range of $333 million to $343 million. We are working to determine the impact on our earnings in the first quarter as well as expected impact for the balance of 2013. We will provide further information during our regularly scheduled earnings call Thursday March 21st.
The company has posted a FAQ document on its Investor Relations website under the webcasts, events & presentations link. Please refer to this document for all questions regarding today’s press release, as the company remains in its quiet period until fourth quarter, 2012 earnings are reported on March 21, 2013.
About lululemon athletica inc.
lululemon athletica (NASDAQ:LULU; TSX:LLL) is a yoga-inspired athletic apparel company that creates components for people to live long, healthy and fun lives. By producing products that help keep people active and stress free, lululemon believes that the world will be a better place. Setting the bar in technical fabrics and functional designs, lululemon works with yogis and athletes in local communities for continuous research and product feedback. For more information, visit www.lululemon.com.Non-GAAP Financial Measure Constant-dollar net revenue changes, which exclude the impact of changes in foreign exchange rates, is not a United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principle (“GAAP”) performance measure. We provide constant-dollar net revenue changes because we use the measure to understand the underlying growth rate of revenue excluding the impact on a quarter-by-quarter basis of changes in foreign exchange rates, which are not under management’s direct control. We believe that disclosing net revenue changes on a constant-dollar basis is useful to investors because it enables them to better understand the level of growth of our business.