Abercrombie & Fitch may try to attract "cool, good-looking" customers and employees, but the retailer's financial performance is just ugly. So much for summer girls, and anyone else for that matter, liking Abercrombie.
Teens, particularly girls, are ditching Abercrombie as well its sister brand Hollister. Same store sales, a key measure for retailers, tumbled 10% during the second quarter, leading to worse-than-expected earnings and revenue for the retailer. Shares of Abercrombie (ANF) plunged nearly 18% Thursday following the earnings news.
Will things turnaround soon? Fat chance. Abercrombie said same-store sales next quarter will be down even more, and its earnings outlook was far below what analysts were predicting. The company didn't even offer guidance beyond the third quarter "due to a lack of visibility given recent traffic trends."
The retailer, as well as rivals American Eagle (AEO) and Aeropostale (ARO) have been struggling for some time now as the tastes of teens and young millennials have shifted from classic jeans, logo T-shirts and hoodies toward more fashion-forward chains like Forever 21, H&M, as well as Urban Outfitters (URBN), which delivered strong results earlier in the week.
Through Abercrombie failed to warn earlier in the quarter that it would deliver poor results, the Twittersphere didn't seem all that surprised.
"Abercrombie & Fitch's 2Q net income down 33 percent"- this happens when your customer base is fickle, w/constantly changing tastes—
Jaret Landon (@JaretLandon) August 22, 2013
$anf had its run. It was a fad not a consistent fashion leader. Low quality clothes that aren't fashionable anymore.—
Mark (@strengthofalion) August 22, 2013
Retail is in challenging environment. $ANF in trouble. Core customer moved on and spent on cell phones, video games and sneakers.—
Jassem el Mahmoud (@jemfinancial) August 22, 2013
Some also speculated that company's financial troubles may be a result of Abercrombie's CEO Mike Jeffries comments from 2006, which were resurrected in May after a retail expert suggested that the company may not carry XL and XXL sizes for women because it doesn't consider plus-sized women to be among the "cool" teens it's going after.
In an interview with Salon.com more than seven years ago, Jeffries said that the company hires "good-looking people" because they attract "other good-looking people, and we want to market to cool, good looking people."
Abercrombie: If you make clothes for thin people and cool kids only, then u shld've seen this coming—
Sammyrue Vazh (@SammyVazh) August 22, 2013
Others were hoping Abercrombie's dismal results may force it to rethink the way it does business beyond just its marketing strategy.
it brings me an odd degree of joy to watch Abercrombie & Fitch plummet. maybe the 10% drop in sales means they'll turn the music down. $ANF—
Jeffrey KGB (@JeffreyKGB) August 22, 2013
Michael Kors is cashing in on a rebound in the luxury business as the jet-set starts to splurge again.
The high-end retailer reported earnings that blew past expectations early Wednesday as sales of bespoke handbags and flashy watches bounce back.
Shares of Michael Kors (KORS) rose about 3% in afternoon trading, despite a broad-selloff on Wall Street.
While the company offered cautious guidance, investors on StockTwits were still impressed with how strong sales MOREBen Rooney - May 29, 2013 3:28 PM ET
"As you know in fashion, one day you're in. And the next day, you're out." That's one of Heidi Klum's catchphrases on "Project Runway." You can say the same about stocks. And for now, Ralph Lauren is decidedly in.
Shares of Ralph Lauren (RL) galloped (see what I did there) to a more than 7% gain on Wednesday after the company reported earnings that topped forecasts and issued a solid sales MOREPaul R. La Monica - Feb 6, 2013 12:08 PM ET
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Shares of Deckers were up nearly 8% Monday, continuing a sharp move up from their 52-week low. The stock has gained nearly 45% since MOREPaul R. La Monica - Dec 3, 2012 12:57 PM ET
Urban Outfitters (URBN) is certainly making a statement with its stellar earnings report.
The hipster retailer, which operates under the Anthropologie, BHLDN, Free People, Terrain and Urban Outfitters brands, earned $61 million, or 42 cents a share, in the latest quarter. And total sales jumped 11% to $676 million.
Analysts piled on with the kudos. At least three raised their price targets and two issued upgrades.
But StockTwits MORECatherine Tymkiw - Aug 21, 2012 12:19 PM ET
The luxury business is booming. Or at least it is for Michael Kors (KORS), the lifestyle brand founded by the Project Runway judge and fashion mogul of the same name.
In its second quarterly report as a public company, Michael Kors (the company) said earnings nearly tripled, easily surpassing forecasts. Sales surged 71% and the Hong Kong-based company also raised its outlook. Investors cheered the results. Shares of Michael Kors surged MOREBen Rooney - Aug 14, 2012 11:24 AM ET
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