Abercrombie & Fitch Lifts Vacation Quarter Gross sales Forecast

Abercrombie & Fitch Co raised its vacation quarter gross sales forecast on Monday on robust demand for its manufacturers through the peak vacation promoting interval, sending shares about 3 % increased earlier than the bell.

The Ohio-based attire retailer stated it now expects internet gross sales to rise between 1 % and a couple of % within the fourth quarter, in contrast with its prior forecast for a 2 % to 4 % fall.

The corporate has been revamping its inventories to eliminate informal put on and athleisure clothes as demand softens from pandemic highs. It has additionally introduced in new kinds which have attracted wealthier consumers.

Abercrombie famous an enchancment in general gross sales from the third quarter, however stated gross sales at its Hollister model have been nonetheless anticipated to stay under 2021 ranges within the vacation quarter.

The corporate projected fourth-quarter working margin between 6 % and eight %, up from a variety of 5 % to 7 % estimated beforehand.

Rival American Eagle Outfitters Inc stated on Monday its fourth-quarter income and revenue margins have been monitoring on the excessive finish of its forecasts, benefiting from its resolution to rightsize stock and better-than-expected efficiency at its American Eagle label.

In the meantime, yoga put on maker Lululemon Athletica Inc lowered its expectations for fourth-quarter gross margins, sending shares down greater than 12 % in premarket commerce.

By Deborah Sophia; Editors: Shinjini Ganguli and Subhranshu Sahu

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