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March 23, 2012
10:15 EDTWMT, SWY, FDO, COST, WAG, SVU, DG, TGT, KR, CVSCitigroup's food and staples retailing research team holds a conference call
Food & Staples Retailing Research Team, along with Richard Volpe, Research Economist, USDA-Economic Research Service, provide outlook for U.S. Retail Food Prices and Inflation on an Analyst/Industry conference call. Relevant covered companies COST, CVS, DG, FDO, KR, SVU, SWY, TGT, WAG and WMT may be discussed on the Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on March 23 at 11 am.
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April 10, 2014
10:27 EDTFDOFamily Dollar says search for president, COO is 'under way'
Says last few quarters have been "challenging." Says holiday season was challenged by a more promotional environment and a more financially constrained consumer. Sees opportunities to improve execution, increase relevance. Plans to slow square footage growth in the beginning of FY15. The company says it is on track to open approximately 525 stores this year, 350-400 stores next year. Says 18 storms resulted in 60 days negatively impacted by winter weather in Q2. Sees gross margin for Q3 to be similar to Q2. Sees charge in Q3 of about $4M related to employee severance costs. Sees SG&A expense to be develeraged in Q3. Sees gross margin to decline in FY14. Expects SG&A will deleverage for FY14. Expects tax rate for FY14 to be 36%-36.5%.
10:21 EDTFDOFamily Dollar says recently cut about 10% of corporate workforce
Sees charge in Q3 of about $4M related to employee severance costs. Comments made on the Q2 earnings conference call.
09:48 EDTCOSTCostco sees 1.5%-2% effect on April comps from 1 less shopping day
This April to include 27 selling days, compared to 28 days in same period last year. Costco says average transaction flat year-over-year in March, including forex impact. Comments from March sales results call.
07:11 EDTFDOFamily Dollar says winter weather had at least 5c negative impact to Q2 EPS
Family Dollar Stores CEO Howard Levine said, “Our second quarter results did not meet our expectations. The 2013 holiday season was challenged by a more promotional competitive environment and a more financially constrained consumer. In addition, like many retailers, our second quarter results were significantly impacted by severe winter weather, which resulted in numerous store closings, disrupted merchandise deliveries and higher than expected utility and store maintenance expenses. Notwithstanding the macro-economic pressure, competitive environment and severe weather, we are not satisfied with our results, and we hold ourselves accountable for improving our performance. To that end, we have initiated an in-depth business review to identify opportunities to strengthen our value proposition, increase operational efficiencies and improve financial performance.” The company estimates that the negative financial impact in Q2 from the adverse winter weather was at least 5c of earnings per diluted share.
07:09 EDTFDOFamily Dollar sees FY14 EPS ex-items $3.05-$3.25, consensus $3.38
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07:07 EDTFDOFamily Dollar sees Q3 EPS ex-items 85c-95c, consensus 98c
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07:05 EDTFDOFamily Dollar to close about 370 stores, take other actions to reduce costs
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07:03 EDTFDOFamily Dollar reports Q2 EPS 80c, consensus 90c
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06:13 EDTWMTWal-Mart to carry Wild Oats organic food items
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05:47 EDTCOSTCostco reports March total company SSS up 5%
Reports March revenue up 8% to $10.43B vs. $9.67B last year. Reports March total company SSS, excluding negative impacts from gasoline price deflation and foreign exchange, up 7%.
April 9, 2014
15:19 EDTFDONotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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09:20 EDTCOST, DGBofA/Merrill's retail analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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09:10 EDTWMTWal-Mart to purcahse energy-efficient LED ceiling lighting fixtures from GE
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April 8, 2014
16:05 EDTSWYSafeway holders to get 0.164291 Blackhawk Class B shares for each Safeway share
Safeway (SWY) announced the final distribution ratio for the previously announced special stock dividend to its stockholders of all of the shares of Class B common stock of Blackhawk Network (HAWK) held by Safeway. Safeway stockholders will receive 0.164291 of a share of Blackhawk Class B common stock for every share of Safeway common stock held as of the close of business on April 3. The distribution will be made on April 14 in the form of a pro rata distribution of all of the 37,838,709 shares of Class B common stock of Blackhawk owned by Safeway to all Safeway stockholders of record on the record date. No fractional shares of Blackhawk Class B common stock will be distributed. Instead, Safeway stockholders will receive cash in lieu of any fraction of a share of Blackhawk Class B common stock that they otherwise would have received.
13:24 EDTCVSCVS confirms final SEC settlement, says will not be required to restate earnings
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13:08 EDTCVSCVS Caremark pays $20M to settle SEC accounting charges
The SEC announced that it charged CVS Caremark "with misleading investors about significant financial setbacks and using improper accounting that artificially boosted its financial performance." CVS has agreed to pay $20M to settle the charges, the agency said. Reference Link
06:17 EDTWMTWal-Mart to expand in India, add e-commerce, wholesale stores, WSJ reports
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April 7, 2014
07:24 EDTCVSCVS Caremark price target raised to $84-$89 from $75-$80 at Wells Fargo
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06:28 EDTSWYStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; SWY JCP
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06:08 EDTKRKroger price target raised to $50 from $46 at Deutsche Bank
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