Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE: JWN) today reported an 11.4 percent increase in same-store sales for January. Similar to many other retailers, Nordstrom follows the retail 4-5-4 reporting calendar, which included an extra week in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 (the 53 rd week). In the 53 rd week, the company had preliminary total retail sales of approximately $162 million. The 53 rd week is excluded from same-store sales calculations. Preliminary total retail sales of $951 million for the five week period ended February 2, 2013 increased 38.4 percent compared with total retail sales of $688 million for the four week period ended January 28, 2012. Excluding sales for the 53 rd week, preliminary total retail sales for the four week period ended January 26, 2013 increased 14.9 percent. Fourth quarter same-store sales increased 6.3 percent compared with the same period in fiscal 2011. Preliminary fourth quarter total retail sales of $3.60 billion increased 13.5 percent compared with total retail sales of $3.17 billion for the same period in fiscal 2011. Fiscal year 2012 same-store sales increased 7.3 percent compared with the same period in fiscal 2011. Preliminary fiscal year 2012 total retail sales of $11.76 billion increased 12.1 percent compared with total retail sales of $10.50 billion for the same period in fiscal 2011. SALES RECORDING To hear Nordstrom’s pre-recorded January sales message, please dial (402) 220-6036 beginning today at 8:40 a.m. EST. This recording will be available for one week. JANUARY SALES RESULTS (unaudited; $ in millions)
|Total Retail Sales||Same-store Sales|
|Excluding||Excludes the 53rd Week|
|153rd week sales are approximately $162 million|
|Number of stores||Jan-13||Jan-12|
|Nordstrom Rack and other||123||108|
|Gross square footage||25,290,000||24,745,000|
EXPANSION UPDATENordstrom announced plans to open a full-line store at Ridgedale Center in Minneapolis, Minn. in fall 2015. Nordstrom also announced plans to open two Nordstrom Rack stores in fall 2013, at The Mercato in Naples, Fla. and at Perimeter Expo shopping center in Atlanta, Ga. FUTURE REPORTING DATES Nordstrom’s planned financial release calendar currently includes the following upcoming events: Fourth Quarter Earnings Release Thurs., February 21, 2013First Quarter Earnings Release Thurs., May 16, 2013 ABOUT NORDSTROM Nordstrom, Inc. is one of the nation’s leading fashion specialty retailers. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 240 stores in 31 states, including 117 full-line stores, 119 Nordstrom Racks, two Jeffrey boutiques, one treasure&bond store and one clearance store. Nordstrom also serves customers through Nordstrom.com and through its catalogs. Additionally, the Company operates in the online private sale marketplace through its subsidiary HauteLook. Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN. Certain statements in this news release contain or may suggest “forward-looking” information (as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) that involve risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, anticipated store openings and trends in company operations. Such statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of the company’s management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual future results may differ materially from historical results or current expectations depending upon factors including, but not limited to: the impact of economic and market conditions and the resultant impact on consumer spending patterns; our ability to respond to the business environment, fashion trends and consumer preferences, including changing expectations of service and experience in stores and online; effective inventory management; successful execution of our growth strategy, including possible expansion into new markets, technological investments and acquisitions, our ability to realize the anticipated benefits from such growth initiatives, and the timely completion of construction associated with newly planned stores, relocations and remodels, all of which may be impacted by the financial health of third parties; our ability to manage the change in our business/financial model as we increase our investment in e-commerce and our online business; our ability to maintain relationships with our employees and to effectively attract, develop and retain our future leaders; successful execution of our multi-channel strategy, including planning, procurement and allocation capabilities; our compliance with applicable banking and related laws and regulations impacting our ability to extend credit to our customers; impact of the current regulatory environment and financial system and health care reforms; the impact of any systems failures, cybersecurity and/or security breaches, including any security breaches that result in the theft, transfer or unauthorized disclosure of customer, employee or company information or our compliance with information security and privacy laws and regulations in the event of such an incident; our compliance with employment laws and regulations and other laws and regulations applicable to us, including the outcome of claims and litigation and resolution of tax matters; compliance with debt covenants and availability and cost of credit; our ability to safeguard our brand and reputation; successful execution of our information technology strategy; our ability to maintain our relationships with vendors; trends in personal bankruptcies and bad debt write-offs; changes in interest rates; efficient and proper allocation of our capital resources; weather conditions, natural disasters, health hazards or other market disruptions, or the prospects of these events and the impact on consumer spending patterns; disruptions in our supply chain; the geographic locations of our stores; the effectiveness of planned advertising, marketing and promotional campaigns; our ability to control costs; and the timing and amounts of share repurchases by the company, if any, or any share issuances by the company, including issuances associated with option exercises or other matters. Our SEC reports, including our Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 28, 2012, and our Forms 10-Q for the fiscal quarters ended April 28, 2012, July 28, 2012 and October 27, 2012, contain other information on these and other factors that could affect our financial results and cause actual results to differ materially from any forward-looking information we may provide. The company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events, new information or future circumstances.