The Buckle, Inc.
), the retailer of casual apparel, footwear and accessories for
men and women, yet again reported a 1.8% year-over-year fall in
comparable-store sales (comps) for the five weeks ended Apr 5,
2014. However, net sales of $106.6 million remained almost
unchanged from the prior-year period (ended Apr 6, 2013).
Notably, Buckle has also reported negative comps in the past 4
months. Comps declined 1.4% in Feb 2014, 6.6% in Jan 2014, 2.8%
in Dec 2013 and 0.6% in Nov 2013.
Moreover, comps for the nine-week period ended Apr 5, 2014, fell
1.6% year over year. However, net sales inched up 0.1% to $196.1
million from the prior-year period (ended Apr 6,
March has been challenging for the retailers. Apart from Buckle,
sports-related teen apparel retailer,
), reported a 2.9% decline in comps for the five weeks ended Apr
5, 2014, compared with a comps increase of 2.1% for the five
weeks ended Apr 6, 2013.
L Brands, Inc.
) reported a year-over-year decline of 1% in comps for March.
The Gap Inc.
) posted a 6% decline in comps for March against a decline of 1%
in Mar 2013.
Total sales in both Men's and Women's categories remained flat
year over year. Men's category contributed nearly 40% to Mar 2014
sales while Women's category accounted for 60% of total sales for
On a combined basis, accessories sales increased 2% while
footwear sales fell 4% in the reported month. Notably, these two
categories are estimated to have constituted nearly 7% and 6.5%,
respectively, of March's net sales.
As of Apr 10, 2014, Kearney, NE-based Buckle operates 450 retail
stores across 43 states.
Currently, Buckle carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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