Consolidated same-store sales at
The TJX Companies Inc.
), an off-price retailer of apparel and home fashions, climbed
3.0% year over year in the four-week period ended November 24,
2012. As for total sales, it climbed 7.0% year over year for the
aforementioned period to $2.2 billion. Comparable sales jumped
once again on the back of higher customer traffic. Robust sales
in the Thanksgiving week also provided a boost.
As for the 43-week period ended November 24, 2012, comparable
sales climbed 7% from the year-ago period. Total sales for the
same period went up 10.0% year over year to $20.3 billion.
Further, this leading off-price retailer experienced 11.0%
increase in total net sales to $6.41 billion in the third quarter
of 2013, driven by solid growth in consolidated comparable store
sales of 7.0%. Comparable store sales exceeded management's
expectations of 2% to 4% on the back of strong performance at all
the stores in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Further, well-chosen
stocks at the stores improved customer traffic during the
The company expects the upcoming holiday season to fuel
December comparable store sales.
Moreover, the company raised its consolidated comparable store
sales growth expectation to a range of 5% to 6% for fiscal 2013,
up from the previous guidance of 4% to 5%. Consolidated
comparable store sales are expected in the range of flat to 2%
for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013.
Over the long-term, the stock has a Neutral recommendation.
Currently, TJX carries a Zacks #2 Rank (short-term Buy rating) as
it posted decent third quarter results and has been reporting an
increase in comparable store sales for the past several quarters,
driven by higher demand and increased consumer traffic. However,
its close competitor,
) carries a Zacks #3 Rank (short-term Hold rating) and posted a
decline in comparable store sales and total sales for the month
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