Same store sales

Benzinga  12 hrs ago  Comment 
Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ: SONC) reported better-than-expected results for the second fiscal quarter on Tuesday. The Oklahoma City, Oklahoma-based company posted quarterly net income of $7.7 million, or $0.14 per share, up from $4.1 million, or $0.07...
Benzinga  Mar 17  Comment 
Shares of Papa Murphy's Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: FRSH) jumped more than 25% in after-hours trading after the company reported financial results for the fourth quarter. The Vancouver, Washington-based company posted quarterly net income of $2.8...
Wall Street Journal  Mar 17  Comment 
Burlington Stores Inc. reported that earnings jumped 49% in the January quarter, as strong sales during the holiday quarter led to better-than-expected results.
Clusterstock  Mar 12  Comment 
Shares of El Pollo Loco are surging after the fast food chain reported strong sales for its fourth quarter.  The chain's revenue increased 12% to $90 million for the quarter ended December 31 and same-store sales increased 7.6%, compared to the...
Benzinga  Mar 12  Comment 
In a report published Thursday, Cowen and Company analysts initiated The Finish Line (NASDAQ: FINL) with a Market Perform rating and a price target of $23, saying that there was uncertainty about the timing of an improvement in same-store sales...
Benzinga  Mar 12  Comment 
Ignite Restaurant Group Q4 Joe's Crab Shack Same-Store Sales Down 4.5% Ignite Restaurant Group Q4 Brick House Same-Store Sales Up 5.7% Ignite Restaurant Group Q4 Macaroni Grill Same-Store Sales Down 2.8% © 2015 Benzinga...
Benzinga  Mar 12  Comment 
In a report published Thursday, Jefferies analyst Andy Barish reiterated a Hold rating and $30.00 price target on Zoe's Kitchen Inc. (NYSE: ZOES). In the report, Jefferies noted, "$(0.03) EPS beat on better than expected SSS of 7.8% as traffic...
Benzinga  Mar 12  Comment 
In a report published Thursday, Wunderlich Securities analyst Robert M. Derrington reiterated a Buy rating on Jack in the Box Inc. (NASDAQ: JACK), and raised the price target from $100.00 to $110.00. In the report, Wunderlich Securities noted,...
Wall Street Journal  Mar 11  Comment 
Men’s Wearhouse reported “robust” earnings for its legacy brands in the January quarter, while the recently acquired Jos A. Bank chain posted another same-store sales decline.
Benzinga  Mar 10  Comment 
ChannelAdvisor released its monthly Same-Store Sales analysis for eBay Inc (NASDAQ: EBAY),, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) and Comparison Shopping Engines (CSE) including Google Inc (NASDAQ: GOOG) (NASDAQ: GOOGL). ChannelAdvisor SSS Chart for...


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Same store sales are sales revenues of retail stores that have been open for a year or more. Most retail companies report this metric monthly. Same store sales is also called “comps.”

New sales come from two sources:

  1. Sales growth
  2. Opening new stores

The monthly same store sales number reveals what portion of new sales comes from sales growth in existing stores and excludes sales from opening new stores.

Analysts and investors prefer rising same store sales each month as this indicates that compared to the prior month

  1. Store traffic is increasing and/or
  2. Shoppers are willing to pay more for products

These two factors increase sales revenues without opening new stores, which is often a more capital-intensive way of growing.

A typical same-store-sales headline you might read is, "Target slashed its forecast for September same store sales citing weaker-than-expected traffic, prompting some investors to sell shares and analysts to reduce forecasts for the discount retailer."

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