Gap Inc. Reports June Sales Down 4 percent:; Comparable Store Sales Down 5 Percent
Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) today reported net sales of $1.45 billion for the five-week period ended July 7, 2007, which represents a 4 percent decrease compared with net sales of $1.51 billion for the five-week period ended July 1, 2006. Due to the 53rd week in fiscal year 2006, June 2007 comparable store sales are compared to the five-week period ended July 8, 2006. On this basis, the company’s comparable store sales for June 2007 decreased 5 percent compared with a 6 percent decrease in June 2006.
Comparable store sales by division for June 2007 were as follows:
• Gap North America: negative 9 percent versus negative 4 percent last year
• Banana Republic North America: positive 6 percent versus negative 4 percent last year
• Old Navy North America: negative 7 percent versus negative 6 percent last year
• International: flat versus negative 14 percent last year
“June was a transitional month as all of our brands made progress clearing through summer merchandise,” said Sabrina Simmons, senior vice president, corporate finance at Gap Inc. “Our total company merchandise margins were in line with last year.”
Year-to-date net sales of $6.20 billion for the 22 weeks ended July 7, 2007, increased 1 percent compared with net sales of $6.11 billion for the 22 weeks ended July 1, 2006. Due to the 53rd week in fiscal year 2006, fiscal year 2007 year-to-date comparable store sales are compared to the 22 week period ended July 8, 2006. On this basis, the company’s year-to-date comparable store sales decreased 4 percent, compared with an 8 percent decrease in the prior year.
As of July 7, 2007, Gap Inc. operated 3,140 store locations compared with 3,080 store locations on July 1, 2006.
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July 2007 Sales
The company will report July sales on August 9, 2007.
This press release and related recording contain forward-looking statements within the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements other than those that are purely historical are forward-looking statements. Words such as “expect,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “intend,” “plan,” and similar expressions also identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include statements related to the year-over-year change in inventory per square foot at the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2007.
Because these forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, there are important factors that could cause the company’s actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. These factors include, without limitation, the following: the risk that the company will be unsuccessful in gauging fashion trends and changing consumer preferences; the highly competitive nature of the company’s business in the U.S. and internationally and its dependence on consumer spending patterns, which are influenced by numerous other factors; the risk that the company will be unsuccessful in identifying and negotiating new store locations effectively; the risk that comparable store sales and margins will experience fluctuations; the risk that the company will be unsuccessful in implementing its strategic, operating and people initiatives; the risk that adverse changes in the company’s credit ratings may have a negative impact on its financing costs and structure in future periods; the risk that trade matters, events causing disruptions in product shipments from China and other foreign countries, or IT systems changes may disrupt the company’s supply chain or operations; and the risk that the company will not be successful in defending various proceedings, lawsuits, disputes, claims, and audits; any of which could impact net sales, costs and expenses, and/or planned strategies. Additional information regarding factors that could cause results to differ can be found in the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 3, 2007. Readers should also consult the company’s quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended May 5, 2007.
These forward-looking statements are based on information as of July 12, 2007, and the company assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise its forward-looking statements even if experience or future changes make it clear that any projected results expressed or implied therein will not be realized.
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