Even dollar stores find it hard to make a buckJanuary 3, 2013: 2:01 PM ET
Retailers have had a rough time lately, what with Superstorm Sandy, a sluggish economy and overall weak holiday sales.
You'd think dollar stores would be the exception. Not today.
Family Dollar missed earnings-per-share estimates by 6 cents a share and said profits the current quarter and full year would come in below forecasts. The company, which sells everything from baby care to home goods, blamed a worsening macro environment for ratcheting down its expectations.
That's not great news for a company that already offers steep discounts. Shares of Family Dollar (FDO) sank as much as 14%, dragging other dollar stores down with it.
Still, the overall weakness gave StockTwits traders plenty to chat about.
$FDO. surprised? did $DG not tell us consumer was fatigued and scared plus warn on price war? shift to consumables = lower margin model
They did tell us. But that was back in October. So how bad did it have to get for them to double down on that dour outlook?
Geez, when dollar stores say "customers faced increasing financial uncertainty", what does that say about our economy? $FDO
Exactly! It certainly doesn't bode well, in my opinion, if you can't get consumers to spend money at a dollar store. Although Family Dollar may be facing other issues as well.
$FDO, stores are always in dissary, almost impossible to fund anything. No wonder why earnings down!
I can't say whether that's true or not since I haven't been in a Family Dollar store lately. But I can say that would be a big detractor for many shoppers. If you can't find what you're looking for, you may wind up going elsewhere.
Well there you have it. Things may be looking up for Family Dollar, as long as it can weather the near-term storm of economic uncertainty.