SAN FRANCISCO // PRNewswire-FirstCall // -- The Gymboree Corporation (Nasdaq: GYMB) today announced revised earnings expectations for the first fiscal quarter ending May 1, 2010.
Earnings per diluted share for the first fiscal quarter are now expected to be in the range of $0.93 to $0.96. This represents an increase from prior guidance for the quarter of $0.90 to $0.94 per diluted share. The increased earnings expectation is primarily driven by better than anticipated gross margin rates resulting from more effective inventory and markdown management and lower operating expenses.
Comparable store sales for the first fiscal quarter are still expected to increase in the range of mid-single digits.
For information about March sales to date, please listen to The Gymboree Corporation's sales recording by calling the Company's Investor Relations Hotline at 415-278-7933. The recording will be available Thursday, April 8 at 7:55 a.m. ET through Wednesday, April 14, at 11:59 p.m. PT.
The Gymboree Corporation's specialty retail brands offer unique, high-quality products delivered with personalized customer service. As of April 3, 2010, the Company operated a total of 981 retail stores: 631 Gymboree® stores (595 in the United States, 2 in Puerto Rico and 34 in Canada), 146 Gymboree Outlet stores, 118 Janie and Jack® shops and 86 Crazy 8® stores in the United States.
The Company also operates online stores and offers directed parent-child developmental play programs at 659 franchised and Company-operated Gymboree Play & Music® centers in the United States and 31 other countries.
The foregoing paragraphs contain forward-looking statements relating to The Gymboree Corporation's anticipated sales growth and future financial performance. These are forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results could vary materially as a result of a number of factors, including high levels of unemployment and consumer debt, volatility in the financial markets, customer reactions to new merchandise, service levels and new concepts, success in meeting our delivery targets, the level of our promotional activity, our gross margin achievement, our ability to appropriately manage inventory, general economic conditions, effects of future embargos from countries used to source product, and competitive market conditions. Other factors that may cause actual results to differ materially include those set forth in the reports that we file from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our annual report on Form 10-K for the year-ended January 30, 2010. These forward-looking statements reflect The Gymboree Corporation's expectations as of April 8, 2010. The Gymboree Corporation undertakes no obligation to update the information provided herein.
Gymboree, Janie and Jack, Crazy 8 and Gymboree Play & Music are registered trademarks of The Gymboree Corporation.
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