SGB Executive Apparel
Fifteen months after cutting 300 jobs across its global workforce, the parent of the Vans, TNF, Dickies, Timberland, Smartwool, Jansport and other active lifestyle brands, is at it again, confirming Wednesday that another 500 jobs would be eliminated this week.
Shares of Foot Locker, Inc. rose about 16 percent Wednesday after the sneaker juggernaut reported better-than-expected third-quarter results, encouraging sales trends so far in the fourth quarter and what Mary Dillon, president and CEO, hailed as several “early wins” in the company’s Lace Up transformation program.
Led by online selling and boosted by promotions, sales on Black Friday and over the past weekend topped or came in line with modest expectations, according to multiple survey reports and Wall Street analysts.
The third-quarter earnings beats and raised guidance for both Dick’s Sporting Goods and Hibbett increased investor confidence that the athletic retail space is positioned to at least outperform the broader retail sector in a challenging marketplace, although some analysts were concerned about margin pressures at Dick’s.
The retailer had a solid back-to-school season, and through the first eight weeks, sales were tracking above expectations, but warmer weather during the latter part of September and into October had a clear impact on demand for fall seasonal goods, especially in store.
Boosted by a “very strong” back-to-school selling season, Dick’s Sporting Goods posted above-plan third-quarter results, lifting its guidance for the year. Lauren Hobart, president and CEO, told analysts, “We are pleased with how our consumer is holding up within the sporting goods industry and then particularly that they’re choosing Dick’s increasingly to meet their needs.”
Men’s and kids were reportedly both down in low-single-digits, driven by a low-teens decrease in Apparel. Footwear results in both men’s and kids were said to be up in low-single-digits. The Women’s business was up in mid-single-digits, driven by a mid-teens increase in Footwear offset by weak Apparel results.
BTIG is taking the opportunity to step to the sidelines despite continuing to believe in the “significant low-hanging fruit at FL and the company’s potential as CEO Mary Dillon implements her playbook.”
JP Morgan raised its rating and price targets on VF Corp. on increasing confidence that recently-hired CEO Bracken Darrell will use a similar strategy he used at his former company, Logitech International, to achieve a turnaround at the parent of Vans and The North Face.
A survey conducted by Aggregate Sports found Nike to be the top brand respondents felt supported women’s sports the most, followed by Gatorade and Coca-Cola.
In 2015, Duer created a range of “stretch performance denim” manufactured from plants and various recycled materials, putting a new spin on jeanswear. Founder Gary Lenett talked with SGB Executive about the Vancouver-based brand’s inspiration, emerging opportunities outside denim, distribution model, and commitment to sustainability.
Athleta’s sales declined 18 percent in the third quarter against “heavy discounting” a year ago and are expected to decline double-digits in the fourth quarter as the retailer’s recovery from recent fashion miscues has taken longer than expected.