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February 15, 2013
14:21 EDTCOST, FDO, TGT, DG, WMTWal-Mart drops 4% to $68.27 following leaked February sales email
Wal-Mart (WMT) and peers Target (TGT), Costco (COST), Dollar General (DG) and Family Dollar (FDO) are moving lower after Bloomberg reported that Wal-Mart's February sales were called a "total disaster" in a leaked internal memo.
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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, ďOur 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.Ē 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 EDTDG, COSTBofA/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
06:17 EDTWMTWal-Mart to expand in India, add e-commerce, wholesale stores, WSJ reports
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April 4, 2014
13:29 EDTFDOFamily Dollar April volatility elevated into Q2
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08:02 EDTWMTSam's Club extends contract for branded credit card program with GE Capital
Samís Club, a division of Wal-Mart Stores (WMT), has finalized a multi-year agreement with GE Capital Retail Bank (GE) to extend their existing relationship to provide Samís Club-branded credit cards to club members in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. As part of the extension, GE Capitalís Retail Finance business will continue to manage and service the credit card programs for Samís Club Savings, Business and Plus members. Under the agreement, the Samís Club co-branded credit card programs will be converted to MasterCard (MA) later this year. Walmart has also extended their relationship with GE Capital Retail Bank and branded cards will transition to MasterCard later this year.
April 3, 2014
10:00 EDTDGOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:28 EDTWMTChecks indicate GameStop won't be threatened by Wal-Mart, says BB&T
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07:18 EDTTGTTarget heading in the right direction, says Piper Jaffray
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06:35 EDTDGDollar General initiated with a Hold at Jefferies
Target $56.
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