Foot 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.
Foot Locker appoints Verma as Chief Information Officer Foot Locker (FL) announced the appointment of Pawan Verma as SVP and Chief Information Officer, effective August 10. Verma succeeds Peter Brown, who retired in April. Verma joins Foot Locker from Target (TGT), most recently serving as VP, Digital and Marketing Technologies and Services Platforms.