Gap Inc. Reports Flat April Sales; Comparable Store Sales Down 3 Percent
Company Expects to Report First Quarter Earnings Per Share of $0.26 to $0.27
SAN FRANCISCO – May 4, 2006 – Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) today reported net sales of $1.23 billion for the four-week period ended April 29, 2006, which is flat to net sales of $1.23 billion for the same period ended April 30, 2005. The company’s comparable store sales for April 2006 decreased 3 percent compared with a 5 percent decrease in April 2005.
Comparable store sales by division for April 2006 were as follows:
• Gap North America: negative 2 percent versus negative 9 percent last year
• Banana Republic North America: positive 1 percent versus negative 6 percent last year
• Old Navy North America: negative 6 percent versus flat last year
• International: negative 3 percent versus negative 12 percent last year
"April comparable store sales improved relative to March, reflecting the impact of the shift of Easter to April this year,” said Sabrina Simmons, Senior Vice President, Treasury and Investor Relations. “Merchandise margins were above last year, but will likely experience pressure in May as we work through remaining Spring markdowns.”
First Quarter Sales Results and Earnings Guidance
For the 13 weeks ended April 29, 2006, total company net sales were $3.44 billion, which is a decrease of 5 percent to net sales of $3.63 billion for the same period ended April 30, 2005. The company’s first quarter comparable store sales decreased 9 percent compared with a decrease of 4 percent in the first quarter of the last year.
The company announced that it expects earnings per share for the first quarter to be $0.26 to $0.27.
The company reiterated that it expects year-over-year inventory per square foot to be down in the low-single digits at the end of the first quarter.
Comparable store sales by division for the first quarter were as follows:
• Gap North America: negative 8 percent versus negative 4 percent last year
• Banana Republic North America: negative 5 percent versus negative 4 percent last year
• Old Navy North America: negative 11 percent versus negative 4 percent last year
• International: negative 11 percent versus negative 6 percent last year
As of April 29, 2006, Gap Inc. operated 3,070 store locations compared with 3,010 store locations last year.
For more detailed information, please call 1-800-GAP-NEWS to listen to Gap Inc.’s monthly sales recording. International callers may call 706-634-4421.
Gap Inc. will release its first quarter earnings via press release on May 18, 2006 at 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time. In addition, the company will host a summary of Gap Inc.’s first quarter results in a live conference call and webcast at approximately 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time. The conference call can be accessed by calling 800-374-0168 and international callers may dial 706-634-0994. The webcast can be accessed at www.gapinc.com.
Gap Inc. will announce May sales on June 1, 2006
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