While some retailers lost momentum in the third quarter, Lululemon firmly bucked the trend and continued its run of strong growth unabated.
Both overall and comparable-store sales growth at Tiffany came in flat during the last quarter, neither metric helped by the challenges in Hong Kong which overshadowed strong trading in the Chinese mainland.
There is no real surprise from Gap’s third-quarter figures: sales are poor, profit is weak although marginally better than forecast, and the outlook remains gloomy.
Gap’s second quarter has proven to be mostly a continuation of the first, with negative results across nearly all segments of the business.
As usual, the latest results from L Brands show a tale of two companies: Bath & Body Works put in a blistering performance, while Victoria’s Secret lost ground.
At headline level, the latest Capri results looks to have been a good quarter for the fashion retail owner, with revenues up by a solid 11.9 per cent.
After a long run of fairly mediocre performance, Ralph Lauren has finally delivered a solid set of numbers.
The latest Amazon results are positive – but there is now a clear divergence in performance between the top and bottom lines.
Abercrombie & Fitch is on the right road to recovery.
The sudden departure of J Crew CEO Jim Brett worrying as it leaves the company leaderless at a time it desperately needs focus.
The Ralph Lauren results are “characteristic of a brand that is still not entirely confident about its place in the fashion world”.
The deep-seated problems at the Gap brand need to be resolved. And soon, says retail analyst Neil Saunders.