Same store sales

Benzinga  6 hrs ago  Comment 
Shares of Cheesecake Factory Inc (NASDAQ: CAKE) are trading down almost 1 percent after hours. The company reported Q1 EPS of $0.68 versus estimates of $0.61. Stephens analyst Will Slabaugh expects Cheesecake's same store sales to improve...
MarketWatch  7 hrs ago  Comment 
Buffalo Wild Wings reported a same-store sales decline, sending its stock down more than 10% Wednesday.
Benzinga  Apr 27  Comment 
Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE: CMG) has announced its 1Q16 results generally in-line with its pre-announcement. Credit Suisse’s Jason West maintains an Outperform rating on the company, while lowering the price target from $550 to...
Motley Fool  Apr 27  Comment 
B-Dubs just delivered disappointing same-store sales for the second quarter in a row.
MarketWatch  Apr 26  Comment 
Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. shares fell 3% in after-hours Tuesday trading after it reported same-store sales that fell below estimates. The Mexican fast-casual chain said it had net loss of $26.4 million, or 88 cents per share in the first...
MarketWatch  Apr 26  Comment 
Panera Bread Co. shares are up 1.8% in after-hours trading Tuesday, after the company reported first-quarter earnings that beat estimates and raised its full-year earnings outlook. The fast-casual chain said it had net income of $35 million, or...
Motley Fool  Apr 26  Comment 
The supermarket chain saw same-store sales fall, but profits held up fairly well.
Motley Fool  Apr 22  Comment 
There's a huge question mark hanging over the company.
MarketWatch  Apr 22  Comment 
McDonald’s attributed its first quarter same-store sales result to its all-day breakfast menu and the McPick 2 value deal.
Clusterstock  Apr 22  Comment 
McDonald's just reported first-quarter earnings, and the company absolutely crushed it.  The fast-food giant reported a 46% jump in adjusted earnings per share (EPS) of $1.23. Revenues totaled $5.90 billion, down 1% year-on-year.  Analysts...


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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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