NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Express (EXPR - Get Report) stock is retreating 9.73% to $14.47 on heavy trading volume on Wednesday afternoon after the apparel and accessories company posted disappointing financial results for the fiscal 2016 first quarter.

Before today's market open, the Columbus, OH-based retailer reported earnings of 25 cents per share on revenue of $502.9 million for the quarter ended May 2. Wall Street was anticipating earnings of 27 cents per share on revenue of $521.1 million for the quarter.

Revenue was flat year over year, while comparable store sales, including online sales, dropped 3%.

Additionally, Express lowered its guidance for the 2016 fiscal year to "reflect the challenges presented by the current retail environment," CEO David Kornberg said in a statement.

The company reduced its full year earnings guidance to $1.41 to $1.54 per share from $1.56 to $1.71 per share. Same store sales are expected to decline by mid- to low-single digits, compared with the previous outlook of a low-single digit increase.

So far today, 14.01 million shares of Express have been traded, significantly more than its average daily volume of 2.48 million shares.

Separately, Express has a "buy" rating and a letter grade of B at TheStreet Ratings because of the company's impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins.

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