The Buckle, Inc.
) came up with better-than-expected sales for the month of
October (4 weeks ended Nov 2, 2013). The retailer of casual
apparels, footwear and accessories for men and women witnessed a
2.6% rise in comps as compared with the year over-year-figure
(for the 4-week period ended Nov 3, 2012).
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Net sales increased 2.8% to $86.6 million from $84.2 million in
the prior-year period. For the 13-week period, Buckle witnessed a
0.5% fall in comps, while net sales increased 0.9% to $286.8
million from $284.1 million in the year-ago period.
For the 39-week period, Buckle witnessed a 1.2% rise in comps,
while net sales increased 3.4% to $789.0 million from $763.4
million in the year-ago period.
Overall, retailers came up with better sales results for October,
amid an environment that witnessed a 16-day government shutdown,
an uncertain economic recovery and soft job opportunities.
Retailers spent more on promotions and came up with lucrative
discounts to drive traffic. However, heavy discounts raise
concerns about margins.
Stein Mart Inc.
) impressed analysts by posting a 5.4% rise in comps, while
The Gap, Inc.
) witnessed a 4% increase in comps.
Costco Wholesale Corp.
), the warehouse club operator, reported comps growth of 3% for
Buckle witnessed an increase of 5% in total sales in the men's
category, which comprised roughly 40.0% of Oct 2013 sales. The
rise reflected strong sales of denim, knit shirts and footwear.
Women's category, which accounts for 60.0% of total sales for Oct
2013, marked an increase of 1.0% when compared with Oct 2012. The
rise reflected strong sales of woven and knit tops, sweaters,
accessories and footwear.
On a combined basis, accessory sales rose 5%, while footwear
sales rose about 24% during the period under review. These two
categories were estimated to be nearly 7.5% and 6.5%,
respectively, of October's net sales.
The company opened one store during the month and now operates
through 452 retail stores across 43 states. Headquartered in
Kearney, Nebraska, shares of Buckle currently carry a Zacks Rank