Comparable Store Sales

RECENT NEWS  Jan 7  Comment 
WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) - J. C. Penney Company Inc. (JCP) reported that its comparable store sales for the combined nine-week November and December period resulted in a 3.9 percent increase over the same period last year, which equates to a 7.6...  Nov 2  Comment 
WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) - L Brands Inc. (LB) Monday reported estimated October comparable store sales and raised guidance for third quarter earnings. For October, comparable store sales are expected to be up 5%, including an expected 5% comp at...
Benzinga  Apr 14  Comment 
J C Penney Company Inc (NYSE: JCP) filed its 8K with the SEC Tuesday. The stock spiked up 4 percent following a disclosure on comparable store sales. The filing clarified that on Monday “a senior official of the Company inadvertently sent an...
Forbes  Nov 4  Comment 
While the shiny surface of Michael Kors' second quarter earnings results would indicate that the company's reign at the top of the luxury pile is still secure -- the retailer beat top and bottom line forecasts -- a deeper dive into the report...
SeekingAlpha  Sep 9  Comment 
By Daniel Jones: Shares of McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) fell roughly 1% on Sep. 9 after news broke that the world's largest restaurant chain reported poor comparable store sales for the month of August With a drop of 3.7%, the company's metric came in...
Clusterstock  May 8  Comment 
McDonald's is out with its April sales figures, and the numbers are worse than expected. Global comparable store sales fell 0.6%, which was worse than the 0.48% decline expected. "As we begin the second quarter against the backdrop of a...
Benzinga  Jul 5  Comment 
The Wet Seal, Inc. (Nasdaq: WTSLA) reported net sales and comparable store sales for the five-week period ended June 30, 2012, or fiscal June, as follows: Wet Seal -8.5 % Arden B -11.9 % Total -9.0 % “We continue to...
Benzinga  Jun 27  Comment 
O'Reilly Automotive (NASDAQ: ORLY) is trading lower pre-market after the company lowers its Q2 outlook yesterday. O'Reilly now expects comparable store sales to increase by 2.0% to 2.5% versus the previous guidance of 3.0% to 5.0%. The company...
MarketWatch  May 31  Comment 
Gap Inc. said Thursday its May same-store sales climbed 2%, short of the Wall Street estimate of 3.1% in a survey of analysts by Thomson Reuters. Total sales at the San Francisco-based retailer increased by 4% to $1.1 billion. Market Pulse...
Benzinga  May 31  Comment 
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This is a comparison of sales for stores that have been open for business for at least 12 months, expressed as a percentage.

Comparable store sales growth is often called "comp store sales", "comps" and "same store sales". Comparable store sales growth signals the productivity in sales of a preexisting store or restaurant compared to the previous year.

This metric is used to determine what amount of new sales comes from actual sales growth or merely comes from new store openings. If comparable store sales growth is stagnant, but overall revenue growth is increasing for example, the revenue growth can be attributed to new store openings instead of actual store productivity.

Furthermore, declining same store sales growth may merely be a function of dropping sales company-wide, but may also mean that the company's new stores are cannibalizing sales from its preexisting locations.

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