Teen clothing retailer Aeropostale, Inc. has cut its second-quarter earnings forecast on the back of lower than expected sales and margins.
The New York-based company said comparable sales for the second quarter, including online sales, were flat, compared to a 12% decline last year, while net sales climbed 4% to $485.3m from $468.2 million a year ago, and fell short of analysts’ estimate of $496.29 million. Same-store sales, excluding online sales, edged down 1%, compared to a 14% decrease last year. Same-store sales, including the e-commerce channel, for the quarter were essentially flat.
Aeropostale CEO, Thomas Johnson said: “We are clearly disappointed that our second quarter results fell below our initial expectations. While we delivered a more cohesive fashion offering and continued to improve our sales per transactions, our overall store traffic was weaker than anticipated.”
The company now expects second-quarter earnings per diluted share to be $0.00, compared to previous guidance of $0.03 to $0.05. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters currently expect the company to earn $0.06 per share for the second quarter.
Aeropostale expects to announce second quarter earnings and an update on back-to-school trends on August 16.
Aeropostale shares are currently trading at $13.20, down $6.25 or 32.13%.