ANAHEIM, Calif., Feb. 5, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pacific Sunwear of California, Inc. (Nasdaq:PSUN) today reported that total PacSun sales for the four weeks of fiscal January ended January 31, 2009 were $54.7 million, a decrease of eight percent from total PacSun sales of $59.6 million during the same period last year. PacSun same-store sales decreased 11 percent during the same period.
Total PacSun sales for the 13 weeks of the fiscal fourth quarter of 2008 were $351.7 million, a decrease of eight percent from total PacSun sales of $384.3 million during the same period last year. PacSun same store sales decreased 10 percent during the same period.
Total PacSun sales for the 52 weeks of fiscal 2008 were $1.25 billion, a decrease of four percent versus total PacSun sales of $1.31 billion during the same period last year. PacSun same store sales decreased five percent during the same period.
The Company today reiterated its fiscal 2008 fourth quarter earnings guidance of a net loss of $0.38 to $0.43 per diluted share, including an estimated gain of approximately $0.10 per diluted share from the completed sale of the Company's Anaheim distribution center.
Beginning with the first quarter of fiscal 2009, the Company will no longer release monthly sales and will report sales, comparable store sales and earnings on a quarterly basis only, consistent with the practices of an increasing number of retailers. The Company also said that, in light of the unprecedented and uncertain nature of the current economic and consumer environment, it will provide earnings guidance only on a quarter-by-quarter basis for the foreseeable future. The Company intends to provide earnings guidance for the first quarter of fiscal 2009 when it reports its earnings results for fiscal 2008 on or about March 12, 2009.
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About Pacific Sunwear of California, Inc.
Pacific Sunwear is a leading lifestyle specialty retailer rooted in the youth culture and fashion vibe of Southern California. The Company sells casual apparel with a limited selection of accessories and footwear designed to meet the needs of teens and young adults. As of January 31, 2009, the Company operated 806 PacSun stores and 126 PacSun Outlet stores for a total of 932 stores in 50 states and Puerto Rico. PacSun's website address is www.pacsun.com.
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Pacific Sunwear Safe Harbor
This press release contains "forward-looking statements" including, without limitation, statements regarding the Company's earnings projections for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008. In each case, these statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The Company intends that these forward-looking statements be subject to the safe harbors created thereby. These statements are not historical facts and involve estimates, assumptions and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in such forward-looking statements. Uncertainties that could adversely affect our business and results include, among others, the following factors: additional adverse changes in economic conditions generally; additional adverse changes in consumer spending; changes in consumer demands and preferences; higher than anticipated markdowns and/or higher than estimated selling, general and administrative costs; competition from other retailers and uncertainties generally associated with apparel retailing; merchandising/fashion sensitivity; sales from private label merchandise; reliance on key personnel; economic impact of natural disasters, terrorist attacks or war/threat of war; shortages of supplies and/or contractors, as a result of natural disasters or terrorist acts, could cause unexpected delays in new store openings, relocations, renovations or expansions; reliance on foreign sources of production; and other risks outlined in the company's SEC filings, including but not limited to the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended February 2, 2008 and subsequent periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Historical results achieved are not necessarily indicative of future prospects of the Company. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. The Company assumes no obligation to update or revise any such forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that occur after such statements are made. Nonetheless, the Company reserves the right to make such updates from time to time by press release, periodic report or other method of public disclosure without the need for specific reference to this press release. No such update shall be deemed to indicate that other statements not addressed by such update remain correct or create an obligation to provide any other updates.
Pacific Sunwear of California, Inc.
Gar Jackson, Vice President Investor Relations