November 30, 2023

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Macy’s Herald Square store in New York is shown on Aug. 21, 2023.

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Macy’s on Thursday topped Wall Street’s quarterly expectations, as inventory and margin improvement helped offset an 7% year-over-year decline in sales.

Here’s what the retailer reported for the fiscal third quarter compared with what analysts expected, according to consensus estimates from LSEG, formerly known as Refinitiv:

  • Earnings per share: 21 cents adjusted vs. 0 cents expected
  • Revenue: $4.86 billion vs. $4.82 billion expected

In the three month period that ended Oct. 28, Macy’s net income fell to $43 million, or 15 cents per share, from $108 million, or 39 cents per share a year earlier.

The company’s revenue fell from $5.23 billion in the year-ago period.

Macy’s also adjusted its full-year guidance. It raised the low end of its expected sales range to $22.9 billion from $22.8 billion. For comparable, or same-store sales, the company said it expects a decline of up to 7%, an improvement from its previous estimate of a 7.5% decline at most.

For full-year adjusted EPS, Macy’s now projects a tighter range of $2.88 to $3.13, versus an earlier estimate of $2.70 to $3.20.

Macy’s has looked for new drivers of growth, as it tries to refresh its legacy brand. As sales as its namesake mall stores lag, the company announced in October that it would open up to 30 smaller stores in strip malls over the next two years. It has also refreshed some of its private brands and launched new ones, such as On 34th, a new women’s clothing brand.

The company’s strongest sales have come from higher-end department store chain, Bloomingdale’s, and its beauty chain, Bluemercury.

Shares of Macy’s closed on Wednesday at $12.61, up 7.5%. The company’s stock has struggled this year, falling nearly 39% compared to the 17% gains of the S&P 500.

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