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March 7, 2014
09:38 EDTFLFoot Locker says SSS up low double digits so far in Q1
Planning for a mid single digit SSS gain for FY14, including a mid single digit SSS gain in each quarter. Targeting FY14 capital program of $220M. Anticipating about 60 new stores and will likely close about 100. Expects to continue remodeling programs in Foot Locker and Champs stores. Says has a solid strategy for women's business to bring it up to the productivity of the other businesses. On the gross margin front, the company expects to experience some ongoing initial markup pressure but believes it can continue to improve markdown rates. Sees interest expense flat with last year at around $5M. Expecting a 36.5% effective tax rate down from prior expectation of 37%. Comments made during the company's Q4 earnings conference call.
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February 18, 2015
16:41 EDTFLFoot Locker approves $220M capital expenditure program for 2015
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16:39 EDTFLFoot Locker raises dividend 14% to 25c, approves $1B share buyback
Foot Locker announced that its board authorized capital allocation initiatives that "simultaneously provide meaningful returns to shareholders and maintain a significant investment in its business operations." The board declared a quarterly cash dividend on the company's common stock of 25c per share, which will be payable on May 1 to shareholders of record on April 17. This dividend declaration represents a 14% increase over the company's previous quarterly per-share amount. The board also approved a new 3-year, $1B common share repurchase program extending through January 2018, replacing the company's previous $600M program. The company spent $305M under the previous program in 2014, and as of yesterday had substantially completed the full program amount, Foot Locker said.

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