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Buckle (BKE) Falls on Dismal September Comparable Sales

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Shares of The Buckle, Inc.BKE tumbled roughly 6.5% following the company's disappointing September comparable-store sales (comps) performance. Comps for the five-week period ended Oct 3, 2015, decreased 6.7% year over year, following a 3.3% decline registered in August, and also fell short of analysts' expectations.

Buckle's net sales for September came in at $97.4 million, reflecting a 5.6% year-over-year decline. In the preceding month, net sales dropped 2.1%.

Comps for the 35-week period were down 2.8%, while net sales over the same time frame dipped 1.1% to $706.2 million from $714.2 million recorded in the year-ago period.

Apart from Buckle, retailers such as The Gap, Inc. GPS , Zumiez, Inc. ZUMZ and Stein Mart Inc. SMRT recorded comps decline of 1%, 1.8% and 2.8%, respectively.

Coming back to Buckle, sales at the company's Men's category fell 2% year over year. The category contributed nearly 42% to Buckle's September sales. Sales in the Women's category, which accounted for 58% of the company's monthly sales, declined 8% year over year. Buckle, which carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold), has not been able to turn the performance of its struggling Women's business around.

On a combined basis, accessory sales, which constituted nearly 9% of the company's September sales, dropped 1.5%, while footwear sales, which accounted for almost 7% of net sales, dipped 1%.

As of Oct 8, 2015, Buckle operated 465 retail stores across 44 states.

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