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SCVL/PSS: Yet Another Family Footwear Retailer Smokes

SCVL/PSS: Yet Another Family Footwear Retailer Smokes

 

There’s a lot of smoking going on these days in family footwear, a space we’ve favored for two quarters now. PSS is the way to play it. I am getting worried that hype is growing – but in the end it is still not in the numbers.

 

SCVL crushed the quarter on every item, lining up fundamentally to exceed the street and guidance for at least the next 2 quarters.

 

EPS: $0.59 vs. Street of $0.30 and Research Edge estimate of $0.40

                Comps were up an impressive +10%, or 2.5% on a 2-year trendline basis. Average price per pair sold was up 5.5%, footwear units sold were up 4.3%, and traffic was up 5.7%.  Favorable product mix shift towards high priced footwear such as boots and athletic helped drive the comp. This represents the largest comp number in the company’s history.  Comp guidance was low to mid single digit comp increases.

 

Revenue: +12.6%, massive sequential increase from -3.6% in Q2, 2yr jump as well. 

 

Stores: Opened 4 stores and closed 1.  Planning on closing 6 stores in 4Q, an increase of 1 store closure compared to previous guidance.  Stores are working efficiently as sales per square foot grew by 11% for 3Q which was the first positive growth point since Q2 07. 

 

Gross Margin: increased by 260bps to 29.8% compared to 27.2%.

  • The merchandise margin increased 110bp primarily as a result of:
    • Less clearance product (inventories +5% on 12.6% sales growth)
    • Strong boot sales, which carry a higher margin.
  • Buying, distribution and occupancy costs decreased 150bps, which was largely due to comp leverage.

SG&A: SG&A dollars grew by 6% but as a percent of sales fell by 150 bps, on top of a 3% decline in the year-ago quarter.  The increase in SG&A was due to additional costs related to incentive compensation and employee benefits and to a lesser degree advertising and added store operational costs.

 

Commentary from CEO Mark Lemond: "Our large selection of value priced name brand footwear resonated well with consumers resulting in the highest third quarter comparable store sales gain in the Company’s history. We experienced higher than expected sales of athletic product during the back-to-school season and very strong boot sales later in the quarter. Our 10.2% comparable store sales gain was significantly above our expectations for a low to mid single digit comparable store sales increase for the quarter. The sales increase, combined with a higher gross profit margin and controlled expenses, resulted in our second best quarterly earnings in the Company’s history."

 

We’re looking at $0.32 for Q4 versus the $0.03 that the street was estimating before the results were announced. 

 

Guidance:

Comps +3% to +5% in 4Q, which suggests -4.4% in underlying trend. CEO admitted on the call that guidance was very conservative.  {note, I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt on good 4Q comps given that 3Q inventory was positive. We need to be weary of retailers whose inventory is TOO lean at end of 3Q. It there’s a snap in pos demand in holiday some companies might (ironically) be leaving money on the table.}

 

SCVL/PSS: Yet Another Family Footwear Retailer Smokes - SCVL SIGMA

 

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SCVL/PSS: Yet Another Family Footwear Retailer Smokes - Table for SCVL

 

SCVL/PSS: Yet Another Family Footwear Retailer Smokes - comp trends chart SCVL

 

 


TAKEAWAYS FROM G2E

Takeaways from G2E Las Vegas trip

 

 

All the manufacturers had impressive content, but I’m not sure anything we saw at the show will change ship shares IN THE NEAR TERM, grow the market, nor will good content change the fact that.

  • There aren’t many new facilities opening up in FY2010
  • None of the new domestic markets will really come to fruition in FY2010
  • Manufacturers are hopeful but have yet to see a real pick up in the replacement market

 

In the longer term we think that manufacturers are cognizant of the need to reach younger players and are attempting to reach that player through features like:

  • Skilled or the appearance of skilled gaming
  • More community elements to bring some of the excitement of table games to slots
  • Personalization
  • Greater use of sound and color

 

One of the trickiest things is figuring out whether the better content we saw this year will actually grow the market or just cause existing players to migrate away from older games they were playing.  I don’t have the answer but I think, in the short term, it’s very hard to grow the market in the current economy.

 

Most manufactures showed a large number of games which utilized past hit titles and added additional features to enhance level of excitement surrounding the game (bonusing, wheels, community features, tournaments etc).

 

More focus on participation games and more talk about bundling.

 

All the manufacturers had touch screen features that I thought were pretty cool.

 

What’s the difference between BYI’s iView DM and IGT’s Service Window?

  • To the player, these two “windows” look roughly the same and have the capability of providing the same services and applications.  The major difference is that BYI’s window has a bar across the bottom of the screen as well as a pop up on either the right or left side of the base game.  IGT allows each player to customize the look and feel of their service window and only comes across the left side of the monitor
  • To the operator there some major differences, IGT’s Service window is built into the game CPU so if it’s not a new AVP box or a new WMS box that comes with the built in feature you can’t add it.  BYI’s iVIEW DM is a standalone hard drive that sits on top of a game’s CPU.  This means that you can add the service window feature to any new or old video slot machine and while opening the box of an IGT or WMS game voids the warranty on the game we would wager that if operators really wanted to do this than IGT and WMS would probably need to work with them… we’ll wait and see what they do at Pechanga
  • IGT has developed a server window interface which will allow operators to get the service window on non-AVP IGT machines through the Next Gen hardware which will come to market in June 2010…. They are not currently developing a similar bridging solution for non-IGT games

 

New markets:

  • Illinois: shipping to this market should begin in Sept 2010.  IGT already has a distributor agreement signed as does WMS (Betson).  Aristocrat (ALL.AU) and BYI in negotiations with distributor
  • All the manufacturers are in talks with Italian concession holders.  We should see some shipments in FY 2010
  • Australia:  WMS is testing products that will address the ~ 130k club market, believe that IGT and WMS are addressing the smaller casino market (20k games)

 

Manufacturer highlights:

 

BYI:

 

For sale games:

  • BYI has a nice looking new Pro-series (alpha 2 cabinet) being launched this year
  • More than just one title for the V32 cabinet should translate into more traction in video sales
  • While the new reel product (replacing the aging S6000s) may have looked boring to the video player or investor, we heard some good feedback from the operators

Participation games:

  • The U-Spin game definitely stole the show for games that are going to be ready for commercialization within the next few quarters
  • Two-seater games “Meet in the Middle” and “Move around the Board
  • Digital Towers
  • Hot Shots Progressive with a wheel bonusing features

Future games (12 -18 months away):

  • The iVIEW Display manager was impressive.  Instead of a button panel, BYI has a touch screen panel that has the feel of an iPhone.  Players can customize the panel and have multiple options of how to initiate spins.  The new touch functionality will also allow them to introduce more “skilled based” games where players can “roll” balls etc.  Remember that BYI still has rights to the Atari library
  • Alpha 2 pro-series box – great graphics/sounds and touch functionality
  • BYI has a “MLD” like product – with LCD projection over curved glass behind an LCD screen.  This curved glass really creates a similar feel to traditional spinning reels - we expect that BYI will develop interesting transmissive overlays on the front screen in the coming months.  We believe that unlike IGT’s MLD, most operators who purchase this game will use it as a true substitute to reels

 

WMS:

 

WMS did a great job on content – big “wow” factor.  The company had obviously focused its R&D on growing the gaming market by appealing to that younger 30-50 yr old demographic.

 

WMS continued to rollout successful features like adaptive gaming, community gaming, and sensory emersion/“emotion” across more of their content and add more features to updated versions of successful franchises.

 

New franchises like “Lord of the Rings” and “Price is Right” were particularly impressive and had a number of “hooks” that provided the secret sauce to the success of “Wizard of Oz” and “Star Trek”.

 

Future games (12-18 months away)

  • WMS is still the only company that recognizes players no matter where they play, but now WMS is going to try to increase player/casino loyalty by allowing players to continue to learn about the game from home… basically tapping into that MMOE universe.  This should attract younger players, create enhanced player loyalty, venture into online “gaming”, without the wagering, by letting players to continue the game experience at home
  • WMS will be using the top LCS screen on top of base games to create new bonus game content (mega multipliers, community mega multipliers/Meta Screen, Winner’s Share) which they will sell on a fee per day per license basis in FY2011.  Should materially enhance the performance of base games…currently in trial at a few locations

 

 

IGT:

 

Consolidating platforms should boost cash flow generation as they refresh roughly 20k games every year.

 

The MLD/AVP platform is really letting IGT produce some great for sale product.

 

Introduced new participation product that uses some of WMS’s success of episodic gaming and player recognition.

 

New “Sex in the City” and “Cougar” titles were intriguing.

 

The 103/70 FT screens can be used to refresh participation content with minimal cost (“American Idol”, “Wheel of Fortune Spin”, “Wheel of Fortune Puzzle”).

 

“Skilled based” reel game with the joystick driven “star” bonus round that should appeal to the younger 30-50 crowd.

 

IGT is really utilizing and sharpening their MLD technology, we expect that they for an extra $3K many casinos will opt for the AVP MLD games vs the regular video product.  IGT is expecting that 25% of total game sales will be MLD in 2010; we wouldn’t be surprised if it’s even higher with the new bonus features and enhanced content/titles available on that platform.

 

IGT has something called “discovery gaming” which is similar to WMS’s adaptive gaming concept.  Discovery gaming isn’t truly server based – since the game will only recognize players at a particular facility.  IGT said it will take them roughly 24 months to become truly server based with this concept.  Discovery gaming will be featured on the “Quest for Lost City” game.

 

The multi-play (4 games occurring at the same time) and press and play features on many of IGT’s for sale titles were interesting. 


Where’s Waldo?

I happened to be watching US Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner getting skewered on Capital Hill this afternoon and thought--if Keith weren’t on a plane right now he would be having a field day at “Timmy’s” expense. 

 

Keith has said in the past that the “New Reality” is that we have a Treasury Secretary who has no qualms watching the Buck burn. In short, Keith has stressed that the long term credibility of the US Financial System has been eroded by flooding the system with dollars. 

 

Ironically, on the day that Tim Geithner gets hammered the dollar stages a 0.5% rally and the market gets smoked.  I suspect this will be a topic for the Early Look tomorrow…   

 

Last week the Fed Chairman started talking about "watching" the U.S. dollar.  While Geithner and Bernanke can sit back and watch all they want they only have two options for firming the dollar’s value: intervene or raise interest rates. Raising interest rates would be a fundamental shift the Fed will pursue sooner rather than later, but is not likely right now, given the fragility of the economy and the financial markets.

 

As the resident bear in the office, the most severe economic downturn in generations continues.  At best, some key statistics such as retail sales and housing have bottomed out at lower levels, yet given the contraction in consumer credit and increased unemployment, the traditional avenues to renewed growth are just not available today to bail out the economy.  Certainly, the current level of the S&P 500 does not reflect the underlying economic and financial-system reality.

 

Howard Penney

Managing Director

 

Where’s Waldo? - geithner

 


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On Cusp of The Anniversary

On Cusp of The Anniversary

 

ROST is inching closer to anniversarying one of the best periods in history for off-price inventory acquisitions.  Add to that eight quarters in a row of inventory declines (while sales have accelerated) and it’s hard to envision anything but a deceleration in momentum is on the horizon.

 

Another quarter of strong results for ROST, with 3Q EPS of $0.84 coming in inline with the Street and recently raised guidance.  Embedded in the results are well controlled inventories (down 7% against a 12% total sales gain), coupled with solid same store sales, which ultimately was the key driver of substantial gross margin expansion (up 340 bps).  There’s a lot to like about the quarter except that the results are now in the past and it’s time to look ahead.  3Q09 marks the 8th quarter in a row where the company as reported a decline in inventories and a positive sales/inventory spread.  The combination of better buying (i.e lots of quality goods at great prices) and impressive inventory management per foot has yielded dramatic gross margin expansion. 

 

All of this is evidenced below as both ROST and TJX are among a very short list of companies that have hovered in the “Sweet Spot” of our SIGMA analysis for so long.  With management’s reiteration of prior 4Q guidance below the Street ($0.88-$0.94 vs. Street of $1.00), it’s hard to ignore that this stellar run may be slowing on the margin.  Expectations remain high here and the opportunity for further margin expansion at as great a pace as we’ve seen is just not likely.  Inventory reductions, shrinkage, fuel cost benefits, and favorable buying conditions are all slowing on the margin and will no longer provide the tailwind necessary to keep momentum moving forward at the current pace.

 

On Cusp of The Anniversary - ROST and TJX

 

*Note that there is an r-squared of 0.9x of stocks going down when the SIGMA line turns south in quadrant 1.

 

On Cusp of The Anniversary - ROST SIGMA

 

 


DKS Better Have a Good Answer For This

 

The company printed a solid quarter, but as evidenced below it suggests a massive roll in 4Q top line. They’re going to need to give solid detail as to why this should be the case.

 

 

DKS Better Have a Good Answer For This - DKS CompDiscGuid 11 09

 

 

DKS Better Have a Good Answer For This - DKS ImpliedComp 1yr2yr Trends 11 09


RETAIL FIRST LOOK: DKS Quick Take

RETAIL FIRST LOOK

 November 19, 2009

 

 

 

TODAY’S CALL OUT

 

Bottom-line: Comp and GM came in better than expected driving the beat as the company managed costs and succeeded in significantly reducing inventory (-3%). Significant conservatism embedded in Q4 guidance, but the comp guidance suggests there needs to be more than just guns&ammo rolling off in Q4 and we’re not necessarily willing to make that bet – will be a key focus of call.

 

 

Headline (and clean) EPS of $0.16 vs. $0.09E and Guidance of $0.04-$0.07

 

Revs (+7%) up on a 1 & 2Yr basis as well as comp and store growth in-line with plan.

(11 stores added on base of 500 – declining avg. sq. ft. trend continues).

 

Comps +1.9% (vs. -3%E)

                DKS: +2.2%

                GG: -1.5%

GM: -40bps (vs. expectation of -200bps as DKS clears golf inventory)

SG&A: -180bps

OM: +140bps

 

S: +7%

Inv: -3%

 

Outlook:

F09

EPS $1.04-$1.09 (vs. $1.13E)

Comps -4%-3%

 

Q4

EPS $0.41-$0.46 (vs. $0.57E)

Comps -6%-4%

                Implying massive deceleration on a 1 & 2Yr basis – Is undoubtedly conservative but significantly divergent from the +7.5% needed to keep trends flat on a 2yr basis (there has to be more to this than just guns&ammo rolloff – will be a focus of the call)

 

Call at 10EST

 

RETAIL FIRST LOOK: DKS Quick Take - DKS S 11 09

 

 

LEVINE’S LOW DOWN

 

  • Contrary to most retailers, BJ’s Wholesale management noted that private label sales have not been a key contributor to gross margin expansion this year. They also went on to note that sales of private label products haven’t really grown this year. While the comments on the topic end there, it surprising to find out that this key area of “value” for the consumer has not been outperforming at BJ’s as it has been for all other retailers ranging from department stores to dollar stores.

 

  • While some retailers have suggested trends have slowed since the October, due in part to warmer weather, Chico’s is not seeing any slowdown. While their overall outlook for 4Q does not call for an acceleration in same store sales trends, sales are currently increasing in the double-digit range.

 

  • As the Costco/Coca Cola wars perk up, we’re nostalgic for a couple of notable retailer/supplier battles from the past. While we fully expect Costco and Coca-Cola to kiss and make up in short time (after all Buffet is the largest shareholder of KO and Munger is on the board of COST), we can’t forget the Wal-Mart/Rubbermaid debacle (hurt Rubbermaid big time) or the infamous Foot Locker/Nike battle. It’s unlikely this current situation overheats to damaging proportions, but rest assure we’ll be watching for the first sign of Vitamin Water being restocked in our local Costco.

 

 

MORNING NEWS 

 

OECD Doubles 2010 Growth Forecast, Recovery to Widen - The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development doubled its growth forecast for the leading developed economies next year and predicted a further acceleration in 2011 as China and other emerging countries power a global recovery.

The combined economy of the group’s 30 member countries will expand 1.9 percent next year and 2.5 percent in 2011, the Paris-based organization said in a report today. Output will contract 3.5 percent this year. The OECD, which advises members on economic policy, forecast 2010 growth of 0.7 percent in June. The MSCI World Index has surged 69 percent in the past eight months as the world economy emerges from its worst recession in more than half a century. While the U.S. and the euro region will return to growth next year, mounting debt burdens will keep the expansion in check, the OECD said. <bloomberg.com>

 

Leading Economic Index in U.S. Probably Rose for Seventh Month - The index of U.S. leading indicators probably rose for a seventh consecutive month in October, signaling the economy will keep growing into next year, economists said before a report today. The Conference Board’s gauge of the outlook for the next three to six months rose 0.4 percent after climbing 1 percent in September, according to the median forecast of 58 economists surveyed by Bloomberg News. Another report may show manufacturing accelerated in the Philadelphia region this month. The rally in stocks, longer factory workweek and fewer jobless claims that have accompanied the recovery help mend household finances, limiting the risk the economy will again retrench. A pickup in growth is dependent on gains in hiring that have yet to develop, one reason why Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke this week said the U.S. still faces “headwinds.”  <bloomberg.com>

 

Obama Wants South Korean Trade Deal Done - President Obama said Wednesday he is committed to resolving issues with South Korea that have stalled a major free trade agreement and “get a deal done.” Obama’s comments, in an interview with Fox News during his weeklong trip to Asia, marked the most definitive support he has shown for the deal, which has created divisions between U.S. importers and domestic manufacturers. Obama arrived in South Korea on Wednesday and was to meet with President Lee Myung-bak today. Obama said the trade deal between the U.S. and South Korea, negotiated by former President George W. Bush and completed in April 2007 but stalled in Congress, will benefit U.S. exporters. Year-to-date imports of textiles and apparel from South Korea have fallen 14.2 percent to 1.1 billion square meter equivalents, according to the Commerce Department’s Office of Textiles & Apparel. In dollar value, imports of textiles and apparel have fallen 30.3 percent to $603 million year-to-date.  <wwd.com>

 

Congress Hears Arguments on U.S. Trade Preference Programs - Executives from Levi Strauss & Co. and Mount Vernon Mills Inc. on Tuesday outlined the sharp differences between importers and manufacturers that Congress will consider in any revamp of U.S. trade preference programs that cover billions of dollars in goods. The House Ways & Means subcommittee on trade began examining whether to overhaul five U.S. trade preference programs that covered $110 billion in trade in 2008 and provide duty free benefits to hundreds of countries from South America to sub-Saharan Africa. With the global economic downturn hurting several developing countries, lawmakers are considering whether to change the programs, create new criteria and streamline and possibly expand them. Lawmakers must balance the impact of changes on U.S. manufacturers, as well as the current trade preference beneficiary countries.  <wwd.com>

 

EU: Footwear sector under threat - The European Footwear Alliance calls on EU Member States to reject the Commission’s proposal to extend antidumping duties on footwear. The duties harm consumers, retailers and the modern footwear sector and any continuation would breach the 2006 agreement to end them after two years. “The decision tomorrow on footwear duties will have a direct and immediate effect on European consumers and businesses,” said Manfred Junkert, Director of the Federation of the German Footwear Industry. “Just as we begin to see a glimmer of economic recovery, the Commission is proposing to extend the dumping duties. It’s unthinkable,” he said. Representatives from the 27 EU Member States meet tomorrow to vote on whether or not to extend antidumping duties on leather footwear imports from China and Vietnam. <fibre2fashion.com>

 

Exclusive: GM Must Pay Debt, Make Money Before IPO - General Motors should focus on making money and repaying U.S. Treasury loans before turning to public markets to sell the taxpayer's stake in the automaker, a senior government official said. Ron Bloom, head of the Obama administration's autos task force, nevertheless told Reuters that an initial public offering could come as soon as the fourth quarter of 2010 if the automaker meets its recovery targets and the financial markets are receptive.

Bloom said the government had previously expressed concerns about GM operations but now trusts the directors and management to do what is best for shareholders. Ensuring corporate independence at GM and Fiat-led Chrysler includes accepting decisions that may surprise the government or diverge from administration goals, such as production of electric vehicles. <abcnews.go.com>

 

Moody's upgrades Jones Apparel's liquidity rating - Moody's Investors Service on Wednesday upgraded Jones Apparel Group Inc. by one notch on its liquidity rating, which remained in speculative grade territory. Moody's moved Jones to "SGL-1" from "SGL-2" and affirmed all other ratings. Moody's said the rating outlook remains "Stable." The upgrade in its liquidity rating is based on the New York company's improving operating margins, more efficient use of working capital and lower planned capital expenditures. Moody's said Jones Apparel would maintain a substantial existing cash balance in fiscal 2010, meaning it will have little need to dip into existing available credit. It now has about $160 million cash on hand, Moody's said. The agency also said the company had nothing currently outstanding <google.com/hostednews>

 

STONY APPAREL Chooses NGC for Integrated PLM, Global Sourcing and Apparel ERP Solution - NGC(R) (New Generation Computing(R)) today announced that STONY APPAREL, a branded and private label manufacturer of girls and junior apparel for some of the nation's largest retailers, is implementing NGC's Global Enterprise System software suite, including e-PLM(R) for Product Lifecycle Management, e-SPS(R) for Global Sourcing & Visibility, and RedHorse(R) ERP for EDI, Customer Order Processing, Inventory Management, Shipping and Financial Accounting. The implementation is currently underway, and STONY APPAREL is quickly realizing benefits even in the early stages of the rollout. For example, NGC helped STONY APPAREL quickly implement the EDI module in RedHorse. As a result, STONY was able to meet a complex EDI requirement from a Tier 1 retailer and book a very large order -- something that wouldn't have been possible without the new software.  <money.cnn.com>

 

Russell Agrees to Rehire 1,200 Workers in Honduras - Russell Athletic has agreed to rehire 1,200 workers in Honduras who lost their jobs when Russell closed their factory soon after the workers had unionized, according to a report in The New York Times. Russell has long contended the plant was closed due to the economic downturn and not because of unionizing efforts. Since Russell closed the factory in January 2009, United Students Against Sweatshops has initiated a nationwide campaign across college campuses against Russell. The Times report noted that the movement persuaded the administrations of Boston College, Columbia, Harvard, New York University, Stanford, Michigan, North Carolina and 89 other colleges and universities to sever or suspend their licensing agreements with Russell. <sportsonesource.com>

 

US: Apparel retailers see growth in October - US apparel retailers have seen positive growth in October right before the Christmas holiday, said the National Retail Federation (NRF). October retail sales, according to the US Commerce Department, including non-general merchandise categories such as autos, gasoline stations and restaurants increased 1.4% seasonally adjusted from the previous month, but decreased 1.7% unadjusted year-over-year. Clothing and clothing accessories stores saw strong gains, with sales increasing 0.4% seasonally adjusted from the previous month and 3.6% unadjusted year-on-year. <fashionnetasia.com>

 

China: Mainland's sportswear brand goes int'l through Hong Kong - China-based Sportswear brand Xtep International has launched its first flagship store for the Disney Sport products in Hong Kong as its stepping stone into the overseas market. Established in 1999, Xtep is one of a growing number of mainland brands, with 5,800 stores across China. "Hong Kong is an irreplaceable financial center and commercial hub, which is the key reason for us to choose to list in Hong Kong," Ding Shui Po, company chairman and chief executive officer referring to the listing of the company's shares in Hong Kong last year. Ding said he planned to use Hong Kong as a platform to expand his business to emerging markets, including the Middle Eastand the southeast Asian countries. <fashionnetasia.com>

 

Hal Extends Offer Period for Safilo - Hal Holding NV has extended through next week the provisional deadline for holders of Safilo Group SpA securities to tender their notes in the debt-ridden eyewear maker, after not enough did so by the original “early-bird” date on Wednesday. “Hal has decided to extend the offer period until November 27, 2009 5:00 p.m. CET. The new settlement date will be on December 2, 2009,” Hal stated. The extension keeps alive Safilo’s hopes of survival after Safilo chief executive officer Roberto Vedovotto warned last week that without a successful tender off, the company would likely default on its banking facilities by yearend, leaving bankruptcy its only alternative. <wwd.com>

 

Foot Locker Elects Ken Hicks to Additional Position of Chairman - Foot Locker, Inc. announced that its board of directors has elected Ken C. Hicks, its president and chief executive officer, to the additional position of chairman of the board, effective January 31, 2010, the beginning of its next fiscal year. He succeeds Matthew D. Serra, who, as previously announced, will retire from the company and the Board of Directors on January 30, 2010. James E. Preston, Foot Locker's lead director, stated "The Board of Directors is very pleased that, as part of the planned transition in connection with Matt Serra's retirement, Ken Hicks will take on the additional role of Chairman of the Board. Ken is a seasoned retail company executive who has the background and experience to be a strong leader of Foot Locker." <sportsonesource.com>

 

Female "Tween" Apparel Spending Down YOY - The tween market is morphing almost as fast as its customers. First there were Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. Then Hilary Duff. Now, Miley Cyrus is growing her fashion empire. Who among the newest stable of starlets — including Keke Palmer and Selena Gomez — is poised to reign as the next tween queen? The opportunities are ripe, although the category hasn’t been immune to the recession. There are about 20 million girls between the ages of five and 14, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Girls between the ages of seven and 12 accounted for $7.45 billion in clothing sales in the 12 months through August. The same age group spent $7.85 billion a year ago, according to research firm The NPD Group. <wwd.com>

 

After 36 Years, J.C. Penney Ends 'Big Book' Catalogue - J.C. Penney is bidding farewell to its biannual “big book” catalogue. Instead, the retailer said it will throw greater weight behind “customized, more timely” specialty catalogues for targeted audiences, and online and social media opportunities. The 36-year-old big book had the heft of a telephone book and ranged from 900 to 1,500 pages. It surpassed $1 billion in sales in 1979. The big book became a victim of rising costs and a shift by customers to shopping online. Penney’s direct business, catalogue and online, exceeds $4 billion. Sears had the longest-running big book, but it folded in 1993 after 106 years. Penney’s final big book is the current fall-winter edition.  <wwd.com>

 

Nike Tops Annual Climate Action Scores - Nike has topped Climate Counts' third annual corporate climate performance scorecard with 83 points (out of a possible 100) for the second year in a row. Stoneyfield Farm followed closely with 81 points. Unilever received 80 points. The climate performance scorecard ranks 90 American companies in 12 sectors. Compiled by the nonprofit group Climate Counts, the survey found that most of the 90 companies were addressing environmental responsibility, either by cutting their energy use, measuring their output of greenhouse gases, adopting policies to reduce emissions or pushing for federal legislation to do the same. Among Apparel/Accessories companies that were tracked, Nike was followed by Levi Strauss, with a rank of 58; Gap Inc., 52; Limited Brands, 35; Jones Apparel Group, 20; Liz Claiborne, 7; and VF Corp., 6. <sportsonesource.com>

 

Adidas to Make €1 Sneakers - Adidas has reached an agreement to make €1 sneakers for millions of people around the world who cannot afford to buy shoes, with pilot production to begin next year in Bangladesh. The move, according to the Daily Telegraphy, was inspired by Bangladesh's Nobel prize winner, Muhammad Yunus. Yunos is the pioneer of micro-loans which help the poor start their own businesses. Adidas has agreed it will produce shoes in Bangladesh on a non-profit basis, although a spokesman stressed the final price may be higher than the €1 target. <sportsonesource.com>

 

Walmart Offers Black Friday Sales One Week Early - Beginning Saturday, Walmart will serve up discounts similar to day-after-Thanksgiving sales on various toys and entertainment. Licensed products in the one-week-early campaign include discounts on toys and video games for as much as 60 percent off. Offerings include Barbie Generation of Dreams collectors' doll for $25, Disney Princess scooter for $99, Nerf Capture the Flag for $19 and others. Video games such as Band Hero (with drum and guitar controllers, microphone and game), DJ Hero and Guitar Hero 5 are also part of the promotion. <licensemag.com>

 

The North Face Launches PlanetExplore in Denver - The North Face announced the Denver, Colorado, launch of PlanetExplore, a new online community that connects people to the outdoors in meaningful ways by serving as a hub for local outdoor activities and events. “Denver is very special to The North Face,” says Steve Rendle, president of The North Face. “In many ways, Colorado leads the nation and sets an example of what embracing the outdoors is about—this is why we decided to make Denver a pilot city for PlanetExplore, to build on this excellent foundation.” <sportsonesource.com>

 

 

INSIDER TRANSACTION ACTIVITY

 

VLCM: Richard Woolcott, Chariman & CEO, sold 20,000 shares for a gain of $334k.

 

FOSL: Tom Kartsotis, Chairman, sold 100,000 shares for a gain of $3.2mm.

 

GPS: John Fisher, 10% Owner, sold 26,000 shares for a gain of $562k.

 

KSS: John Worthington Sr. EVP, sold 20,600 shares after exercising options to buy 20,600 shares for a net gain of $247k.

 

COH: Lew Frankfurt, Chairman & CEO, sold 2.2mm shares after exercising options to buy 2.2mm shares for a net gain of $48mm.

 

BBY:

  • Allen Lenzmeier, Vice Chairman, sold 150,000 shares after exercising options to buy 150,000 shares for a net gain of $90k.
  • John Pershing, EVP-Human Capital, sold 5,000 shares after exercising options to buy 5,000 shares for a net gain of $77k.

 

AMZN:

  • Andrew Jassy, SVP, sold 15,000 shares after exercising options to buy 13,000 shares for a net gain of $1.95mm.
  • Jeffrey Wilke, SVP, sold  17,000 shares after exercising options to buy 17,000 shares for a net gain of $2.2mm.
  • Steven Kessel, SVP, sold 13,000 shares after exercising options to buy 13,000 shares for a net gain of $1.7mm.
  • Michelle Wilson, SVP, sold 13,000 shares after exercising options to buy 13,000 shares for a net gain of $1.7mm.
  • Diego Piacentini, SVP, sold 10,000 shares after exercising options to buy 17,000 shares for a net gain of $1.33mm.
  • Jeffrey Blackburn, SVP, sold 6,000 shares after exercising options to buy 15,000 shares for a net gain of $786k.

 

WMT: Lee Scott Jr., Chairman of the Executive Committee, sold 244,000 shares for a gain of $13mm.

 

DECK: Constance Rishwain, President of Simple & UGG, sold 3,000 shares for a gain of $300k.


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