SAN FRANCISCO - March 06, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) today reported net sales for the four-week period ended March 1, 2014 were $929 million compared with net sales of $966 million for the four-week period ended March 2, 2013. Gap Inc.’s comparable sales for February 2014 were down 7 percent versus a 3 percent increase last year.
"While February was clearly a difficult month, we remain focused on executing our global priorities," said Glenn Murphy, chairman and chief executive officer, Gap Inc.
Comparable sales by global brand for February 2014 were as follows:
The company noted that more than 450 stores experienced closures during February due to weather. The company also noted that February typically represents the smallest month of the first quarter. The management team continues to focus on delivering its full year goals, as outlined during last week’s quarterly earnings announcement.
In line with its strategic priorities, the company today announced the opening of its first Gap store in Taiwan. The brand expects to end fiscal year 2014 with more than 100 Gap stores across the Greater China region.
Additional insight into Gap Inc.’s sales performance is available by calling 1-800-GAP-NEWS (1-800-427-6397). International callers may call 706-902-4949. The recording will be available at approximately 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time on March 6, 2014 and available for replay until 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time on March 14, 2014.
The company will report March sales on April 10, 2014.
This press release and related sales recording contain forward-looking statements within the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements other than those that are purely historical are forward-looking statements. Words such as "expect," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "intend," "plan," "project," and similar expressions also identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding the following:
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 February 2, 2013, as well as the company’s subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
These forward-looking statements are based on information as of March 6, 2014. 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 retailer offering clothing, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, children, and babies under the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Piperlime, Athleta, and Intermix brands. Fiscal year 2013 net sales were $16.1 billion. Gap Inc. products are available for purchase in more than 90 countries worldwide through about 3,100 company-operated stores, over 350 franchise stores, and e-commerce sites. For more information, please visit www.gapinc.com.