SAN FRANCISCO--()--Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) today reported that January 2012 net sales decreased 1 percent compared with last year.
“As we transition to a new year, our teams are focused on making the necessary steps to improve our business performance in 2012.”
Net sales for the four-week period ended January 28, 2012 were $833 million compared with net sales of $843 million for the four-week period ended January 29, 2011. The company’s comparable sales for January 2012, which include the associated comparable online sales, were down 4 percent compared with a 3 percent increase for January 2011.
In addition, the company reported that net sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2011, which ended January 28, 2012, decreased 2 percent to $4.28 billion compared with $4.36 billion for the fourth quarter last year. The company’s comparable sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2011, which include the associated comparable online sales, were down 4 percent compared with a 1 percent increase in the fourth quarter last year.
“January was largely clearance-based, and we’re pleased we successfully cleared holiday inventory,” said Glenn Murphy, chairman and chief executive officer of Gap Inc. “As we transition to a new year, our teams are focused on making the necessary steps to improve our business performance in 2012.”
The company announced diluted earnings per share guidance for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2011 to be in the range of $0.41 to $0.42, above First Call consensus of $0.35. In addition, it expects year-end inventory dollars per store to be below previous guidance.
Net sales were $14.55 billion for the 52 weeks ended January 28, 2012, a decrease of 1 percent compared with net sales of $14.66 billion for the 52 weeks ended January 29, 2011. The company’s comparable sales for fiscal year 2011, which include the associated comparable online sales, were down 4 percent compared with a 2 percent increase last year.
Comparable sales for January 2012, which include the associated comparable online sales, were as follows:
Comparable sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2011, which include the associated comparable online sales, were as follows:
The company will report February sales on March 1, 2012. Gap Inc. will release its fourth quarter earnings via press release on February 23, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time as well as a live conference call and webcast at approximately 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time. The conference call can be accessed by calling 1-800-374-0168, and international callers may dial 706-634-0994. The webcast can be accessed at www.gapinc.com.
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Because these forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, there are important factors that could cause the company's actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. These factors include, without limitation, the following:
Additional information regarding factors that could cause results to differ can be found in the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 29, 2011, as well as the company’s subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.
Forward-looking statements are based on information as of February 2, 2012. The company assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise its forward-looking statements even if experience or future changes make it clear that any projected results expressed or implied therein will not be realized.
Gap Inc. is a leading global specialty retailer offering clothing, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, children, and babies under the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Piperlime, and Athleta brands. Fiscal year 2011 net sales were $14.5 billion. Gap Inc. products are available for purchase in over 90 countries worldwide through about 3,100 company-operated stores, about 200 franchise stores, and e-commerce sites. For more information, please visit www.gapinc.com.
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