Signs Of Life In July Retail Sales, Financials

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New York - Overall retail sales were drab in July, but consumers spent more in warehouse clubs and discounters than other retail channels.


reported a 6 percent gain in same-store sales, mostly due to fuel sales and currency gains. Net sales rose 8 percent to $5.86 billion from the previous year. The company said it saw the strongest results in Texas and the Midwest, Southeast and Northwest regions of the United States.



same-store sales climbed 2.8 percent in July (1.9 percent excluding gasoline sales). Net revenue for the month rose 6.6 percent to $770.3 million, up from $722.5 million.

The chain also released its quarterly financial report, which showed same-store sales for the quarter up 4.4 percent, or 2.9 percent excluding fuel sales. Net revenue for the quarter climbed 8.6 percent to $2.72 billion, up from $2.51 billion last year.


cited increased consumer traffic for it 2 percent gain in same-store revenue in July, but electronics sales were called "weak."

CE specialty retailer


said monthly same-store sales returned to the black in July, after a three-month growth trend, but overall sales for the quarter declined 6.1 percent to $178.7 million, compared with last year's quarter. The company improved its retail gross margin to approximately 25 percent for the quarter.

Conn's cited a 20 percent drop in the average selling price of flat-panel TVs, for a decline in consumer electronics category sales. Home appliance category sales declined during the quarter on lower unit sales, primarily in the refrigeration and room air conditioning categories, though average selling prices increased.

Strong sales of accessories, MP3 players and desktop computers were offset primarily by declines in sales of camcorders, digital cameras, GPS devices, netbooks, computer monitors and video game hardware, the chain said.


also announced quarterly results, reporting a whopping 53.3 percent gain in net sales over last year's period. Comp-store sales for the quarter rose 6.3 percent, primarily driven by a 16.1 percent increase in majap sales and a 2.4 increase in the video category. Net income nearly doubled, to $2.7 million from $1.4 million.

hhgregg opened 26 new stores in the quarter and remains on track to open another 12 stores by the end of the second fiscal quarter, with a total of 40 to 45 new stores in fiscal year 2011.


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