Macy's says environment has been very promotional Still sees FY14 SSS up 2%-3%. Says weather making it challenging to figure out "what's going on" with consumer, says consumer not "overwhelmingly excited" about spending. Says will continue to close stores that are no longer cash positive, stores "that aren't worth investing in," says will open a few new full-line stores this year. Says $1.1M in capital spending "feels like the right number." Comments made at the Telsey Advisory Group Spring Consumer Conference.
Macy's sales soft through mid-December, says Cleveland Research Cleveland Research said Macy's sales are tracking in the range of +1% to +2% through mid-December, vs. consensus of +2.2%. The firm said soft customer traffic trends remain the primary headwind for the quarter. Shares are Buy rated.