SEATTLE, May 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE: JWN) today
reported preliminary sales of $600 million for the four-week period ended May
3, 2008, a decrease of 0.6 percent compared to sales of $604 million for the
four-week period ended May 5, 2007. Same-store sales decreased 3.8 percent.
Preliminary first quarter sales of $1.88 billion decreased 3.8 percent
compared to sales of $1.95 billion for the same period in 2007. First quarter
same-store sales decreased 6.5 percent.
The monthly same-store sales results in April 2008 were positively
impacted by the timing shift of the Easter holiday from April to March. The
company's stores were open an additional day in April 2008 when compared to
Nordstrom will begin its Half-Yearly Sale for Women and Kids on Wednesday,
May 21, 2008, to better align with the Memorial Day Holiday shopping period,
rather than Nordstrom's traditional early June start of the semi-annual sale
event. Accordingly, we expect sales results for May to be positively impacted
and June to be negatively impacted by this timing shift.
To hear Nordstrom's pre-recorded April sales message, please dial
800-891-8250. This recording will be available for one week.
APRIL SALES RESULTS
(unaudited; $ in millions)
Total Sales Same-store Sales(2)
Fiscal Fiscal Increase/ Full-line Rack
2008 2007(1) (Decrease) Total Stores Stores
April $600 $604 (0.6%) (3.8%) (6.8%) 7.2%
First Quarter $1,879 $1,954 (3.8%) (6.5%) (9.1%) 4.6%
Number of stores
Full-line 105 98
Rack and other 54 53
boutiques(3) - 40
Total 159 191
footage 21,139,000 20,170,000
(1) Total sales results for fiscal 2007 include sales from the company's
international and domestic Faconnable boutiques.
(2) Same-store sales results exclude sales from Faconnable.
(3) On October 31, 2007, the company completed the sale of Faconnable.
Future Reporting Dates
Nordstrom's financial release calendar for the next three months is
currently planned as follows:
First Quarter Earnings Release Thurs., May 15, 2008
May Sales Release Thurs., June 5, 2008
June Sales Release Thurs., July 10, 2008
July Sales Release Thurs., August 7, 2008
Nordstrom, Inc. is one of the nation's leading fashion specialty
retailers, with 159 stores located in 28 states. Founded in 1901 as a shoe
store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 105 full-line stores, 50 Nordstrom
Racks, two Jeffrey boutiques, and two clearance stores. In addition,
Nordstrom serves customers through its online presence at
http://www.nordstrom.com and through its catalogs. Nordstrom, Inc. is
publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN.
Annual Meeting of Shareholders
Nordstrom will hold its 2008 Annual Meeting of Shareholders on Tuesday,
May 20, 2008, at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time, in the Illsley Ball
Nordstrom Recital Hall of Benaroya Hall in Seattle, Washington.
Chris Holloway, 206-303-3290
Michael Boyd, 206-373-3038
Certain statements in this news release contain or may suggest "forward-
looking" information (as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform
Act of 1995) that involves risks and uncertainties. The company's SEC
reports, including its Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 2, 2008,
contain factors that could affect the company's financial results and cause
actual results to differ materially from any forward-looking information the
company may provide. The company undertakes no obligation to update or revise
any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events, new information
or future circumstances.
SOURCE Nordstrom, Inc.
CONTACT: Investor, Chris Holloway, +1-206-303-3290, or Media, Michael
Boyd, +1-206-373-3038, both of Nordstrom, Inc.
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