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Zale Corporation Posted Holiday Sales +2%

13 january 2014

Zale Corporation recently announced its holiday season sales results for 2013. The company said that its comparable store sales increased 2.0 percent at constant exchange rates, or 0.7 percent on a U.S. dollar reported basis, for the combined months of November and December 2013. This increase follows a 1.6 percent increase at constant exchange rates, or a 2.3 percent increase on a U.S. dollar reported basis, in the prior year period.
Revenues for the two-month period were $556 million compared to $567 million in the same period last year. The decrease in revenues is primarily due to the net decrease of 91 stores compared to last year and a decline in the Canadian exchange rate, partially offset by the two percent constant currency comparable store sales growth.
“During the holiday period, we maintained our focus on increasing exclusive product penetration, driving gross margin improvement and building our core national brands,” commented Chief Executive Officer Theo Killion.
Killion noted severe conditions of this past holiday season, involving sharp decline of consumer traffic at shopping centres, bad weather and less days of sales period.
“We executed a solid holiday season despite a challenging retail environment. Our holiday performance gives us confidence we can achieve our financial expectations for the fiscal year,” Killion stressed during teleconference.
Zales branded stores, consisting of Zales Jewelers and Zales Outlet, posted a comparable store sales increase of 4.4 percent, compared to an increase of 3.1 percent in the same period last year.
U.S. Fine Jewelry brands, consisting of Zales Jewelers, Zales Outlet and Gordon’s Jewelers, posted a comparable store sales increase of 3.5 percent. This increase follows a 2.2 percent rise in the same period last year.
Piercing Pagoda, the company’s Kiosk Jewelry business, posted a comparable store sales decline of 5.1 percent. In the same period last year, comparable store sales rose 1.7 percent.

Olga Patseva, Editor in Chief of the American Bureau, Rough&Polished