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New CEO Chris Hufnagel said WWW continues to reshape its portfolio, reduce inventory and redesign the company to become consumer-obsessed brand builders, focused squarely on building compelling products and telling amazing stories.
Under Armour reported sales and earnings in the fiscal second quarter ended September 30 topped analyst targets, but annual sales guidance was reduced due to further deterioration in the North American wholesale business. CEO Stephanie Linnartz told analysts, “Several forces are at play here, including inflation and consumer confidence, normalizing inventory levels amid still broad promotions, and overall softness in our future wholesale order book.”
Clarus Corp. reported that Black Diamond’s sales improved sequentially from the second quarter and were down modestly in the third quarter as the North American region showed signs of stabilization to offset softness in its European business.
Holiday forecasts arriving in recent weeks roundly forecast sales will slow this year versus pandemic stimulus-boosted gains in recent years. However, while many expect a “resilient” consumer will drive solid gains similar to pre-pandemic levels, some see inflationary and macroeconomic concerns weighing disproportionately on discretionary spending.
Brand aggregator Compass Diversified saw Q3 sales decline 25 percent at BOA, 16 percent at Primaloft and fall 28 percent at Velocity Outdoor, while revenues grew 13 percent at Marucci Sports and 7 percent at 5.11. The company reported it was selling Marucci.
Fiscal Q2 retail store same-store sales declined 3.8 percent and e-commerce same-store sales declined 11.7 percent year-over-year. Comps were said to be in line with expectations through August, but September experienced softer-than-expected results and that trend reportedly continued into October.
Vista Outdoor took the opportunity Thursday morning to update the market on the progress and process of the sale of the ammo segment and provide an opportunity for the new leadership of the two businesses to walk through the latest quarter.
The parent company of the Fjällräven, Royal Robbins, Hanwag and Tierra brands said Q3 started well, with “nice growth” in its Retail businesses; the Brands and Wholesale businesses had recovered and direct orders increased in the period. Then September’s heat hit.
Thule Group reported a strong recovery in earnings in the third quarter as sales rose 8.0 percent. Sales in the North American region decreased 15 percent on a currency-neutral basis.
The company is forecasting a low-double-digit percent decline in wholesale net sales in first half 2024. The company added that it expects the wholesale net sales decline will be partially offset by continued growth in the global DTC businesses.
The Australia-based parent of the Rebel Sports, BCF Outdoor and Macpac outdoor retail chains, provided an update on its year-to-date performance at its annual general meeting on October 25 as it cycles against big increases last year.
Holiday spending is expected to come close to last year’s results but could fall short by as much as 2.5 percent during the traditional November and December shopping season, according to Circana’s annual Holiday Purchase Intentions study. The outlook was slightly improved when holiday sales falling in October are included.