Gildan Activewear reported earnings on an adjusted basis were down 6.2 percent in the fourth quarter. Sales fell 11.3 percent as activewear sales were hurt by lower imprintables volumes in North America.
On quarterly conference calls last week, executives at both retailers and vendors said the ultimate impact of the tariff war isn’t clearly known, especially if the fourth tranche on $300 billion of imports that hit apparel and footwear items becomes effective. But most reassured analysts they’re taking or have taken steps to mitigate most of the expected damage. Comments from VF Corp, Deckers Brands, Kohl’s, JC Penney, Target, Hibbett Sports, TJX Cos. and Ross Stores.