Same store sales

The Economic Times  2 hrs ago  Comment 
Westlife Development Ltd (WDL), which runs the master franchisee for fast food chain McDonald's in south and west India, posted a 21% increase in revenues to Rs 226 crore during July - September quarter.
Clusterstock  Nov 5  Comment 
Shake Shack reported third-quarter earnings results after the closing bell on Thursday, and crushed it all around. The burger chain reported adjusted earnings per share of $0.12, versus $0.07 expected, according to Bloomberg. Same-store sales...
Wall Street Journal  Nov 4  Comment 
Wendy’s Co. reported third-quarter profit that beat expectations and said its same-store sales growth and earnings for the year will be at the high-end of its previously issued guidance.
Motley Fool  Oct 30  Comment 
Same-store sales have slowed dramatically in recent quarters, and are expected to remain that way. Should investors be concerned?
MarketWatch  Oct 29  Comment 
Rite Aid Corp. said its October same-store sales rose 1% from last year's levels. Total drugstore sales for the month increased 1.4% to $2.09 billion from $2.06 billion a year earlier. Prescription sales totaled 70.7% of drugstore sales....
Motley Fool  Oct 26  Comment 
Rite Aid same-store sales growth is pretty clearly decelerating. What's an investor to do?
Wall Street Journal  Oct 22  Comment 
McDonald’s showed the first big sign of progress in its turnaround effort, posting same-store sales growth in all of its markets, which helped push shares of the burger chain to an all-time high.
Clusterstock  Oct 22  Comment 
McDonald's US sales just rose for the first quarter in two years. On Thursday morning, the company reported third-quarter earnings results that topped analysts' forecasts. Same-store sales — at locations open for at least one year...
Reuters  Oct 21  Comment 
When McDonald's Corp reports its third quarter earnings on Thursday, it will have to make good on its promise of global same-store sales growth and aim for a smaller...


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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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