Retail Detail. More Bad News for Macy's


The news just keeps getting worse and worse for Macy’s Inc.. Today the ailing retail chain reported a loss of $59 million for the first quarter of
2008, ended May 3. Sales declined 2.9 percent to $5.75 billion
from $5.92 billion.

According to WWD, the
results include two unusual items related to consolidation costs and a
wage and hour class-action lawsuit in California that negatively
impacted first quarter 2008 earnings.

Spin Control: "Given the very difficult economic environment, our company performed
relatively well compared to the competition in the first quarter," said
Terry J. Lundgren, chairman, president and chief executive officer.
"Macy’s Inc.’s same-store sales for the quarter, while below last year,
were significantly better than most of our largest competitors,
continuing a trend from the fourth quarter of 2007. This indicates that
customers are preferring Macy’s and we appear to be capturing market
share even in this period of weak consumer spending.

Um, keep telling yourself that…

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