This excerpt taken from the GPS 8-K filed Aug 17, 2006.
GAP INC. REPORTS SECOND QUARTER EARNINGS PER SHARE OF $0.15
SAN FRANCISCO August 17, 2006 Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) today reported net earnings for the second quarter which ended July 29, 2006 of $128 million, or $0.15 per share on a diluted basis, compared with $272 million, or $0.30 per share, for the same period last year.
Second quarter net sales were $3.7 billion, compared with $3.7 billion for the same period last year. Comparable store sales decreased 5 percent, compared with a prior year decrease of 3 percent.
The second quarter continued to be challenging, as we aggressively cleared inventory to prepare for fall merchandise, and we invested in marketing and stores to improve second half performance, said Gap Inc. president and CEO Paul Pressler.
Each brand is at a different stage in its turnaround, continued Pressler. We are encouraged by improved performance at Banana Republic and our online division. And while we are making progress at Gap and Old Navy, we know it will take several seasons of consistent product, marketing, and store improvements to win back our customers. We remain committed to the strategies at each of our brands and to our growth initiatives.