|First Quarter||First Quarter|
|Comparable Store Sales 1||Net Sales ($ in millions) 2,3|
|In the U.S.:|
The TJX Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TJX), the leading off-price retailer of apparel and home fashions in the U.S. and worldwide, today announced sales and earnings results for the first quarter ended May 3, 2014. Net sales for the first quarter of Fiscal 2015 increased 5% to $6.5 billion, and consolidated comparable store sales increased 1%. Net income for the first quarter was $454 million, and diluted earnings per share were $.64 versus last year’s $.62. Carol Meyrowitz, Chief Executive Officer of The TJX Companies, Inc., stated, “For the first quarter, our consolidated comparable store sales increased 1%, and our earnings per share of $.64 were slightly below our expectations with a negative impact from foreign currency exchange rates that was larger than our guidance assumed. While sales were not as strong as we would have liked, predominantly in our apparel business, I was very pleased that overall business trends improved as the quarter progressed. Further, our inventories and expenses were well managed, which helped protect our margins. We enter the second quarter in an excellent position. We like our lean inventory levels, which enable us to capitalize on the plentiful buying opportunities we are seeing in the marketplace and ship great fashions, brands and quality merchandise to our stores at amazing values. Additionally, we have exciting marketing initiatives planned to drive customer traffic. We are very confident in our ability to achieve our plans for the remainder of 2014 and beyond as we continue to bring value around the world!” Sales by Business Segment The Company’s comparable store sales and net sales by division, in the first quarter, were as follows:
1Comparable store sales outside the U.S. calculated on a constant currency basis, which removes the effect of changes in currency exchange rates. 2Sales in Canada and Europe include the impact of foreign currency exchange rates. See below. 3Figures may not foot due to rounding. 4Combination of T.J. Maxx and Marshalls. 5Net sales include Sierra Trading Post. Impact of Foreign Currency Exchange Rates Changes in foreign currency exchange rates affect the translation of sales and earnings of the Company’s international businesses into U.S. dollars for financial reporting purposes. In addition, ordinary-course, inventory-related hedging instruments are marked to market at the end of each quarter. Changes in currency exchange rates affect the magnitude of these translations and adjustments, and can have a material impact when there is significant volatility in currency exchange rates.