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Genesco Posts Flat Holiday Comps, Updates View; Stock Up


Amid a challenging retail landscape, Genesco Inc. GCO reported flat comparable sales (comps) – including both stores and direct sales – for the fourth quarter through Jan 5, 2017. Also, the company now expects its fiscal 2017 earnings to meet the upper end of the guidance range of $3.80–$4.00 per share. As a result, shares jumped 7.4% yesterday.

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On a stand-alone basis, comps at this Nashville, TN-based company’s stores were down 2%, while its eCommerce and catalog direct sales businesses reported comps growth of 11%.

Going by divisions, Lids Sports Group and Schuh Group posted comps growth of 8% and 1%, respectively. On the flip side, comps at Journeys Group and Johnston & Murphy Group divisions recorded 6% and 1% drop, respectively.

Further, management remains pleased with its holiday sales trends that it earlier projected to be difficult for some of its businesses. Moreover, sales for quarter to date have surpassed its expectations. The company now anticipates fourth-quarter fiscal 2017 comps to be flat to down 1%, in comparison to its earlier projection of 2–3% decline.

Overall, the holiday period remained quite challenging.The retailers like Kohl's Corporation KSS and Macy’s, Inc. M continued to feel the pinch of declining customer traffic at the stores and malls, owing to which their holiday comps, declined 2.1% each. This also compelled these bellwethers to slash their earnings outlook for fiscal 2016. On the other side, American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. AEO reported flat holiday comps, which bear the brunt of a volatile holiday season – largely marked by intense promotional activities.

We note that Genesco has been appearing bullish for quite some time now. This Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) stock has delivered a return of nearly 10% in the last three months against the Zacks categorized Retail – Apparel/Shoe industry’s decline of 9%.

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