SEATTLE, April 10, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE: JWN)
today reported preliminary sales of $750 million for the five-week period
ended April 5, 2008, a decrease of 6.7 percent compared to sales of $803
million for the five-week period ended April 7, 2007. Same-store sales
decreased 9.1 percent.
Preliminary quarter-to-date sales of $1.28 billion decreased 5.3 percent
compared to sales of $1.35 billion in 2007. Quarter-to-date same-store sales
decreased 7.8 percent.
The monthly same-store sales results in March were negatively impacted by
the timing shift of the Easter holiday from April into March as all stores
were closed on Easter. Going forward, April same-store sales results are
expected to be positively impacted by this shift.
To hear Nordstrom's pre-recorded March sales message, please dial
800-891-8250. This recording will be available for one week.
MARCH SALES RESULTS
(unaudited; $ in millions)
Total Sales Same-store Sales(2)
Fiscal Fiscal Increase/ Full-line Rack
2008 2007(1) (Decrease) Total Stores Stores
March $750 $803 (6.7%) (9.1%) (11.4%) 1.7%
Quarter-to-date $1,279 $1,350 (5.3%) (7.8%) (10.1%) 3.5%
Number of stores
Full-line 104 98
Rack and other 54 53
Faconnable boutiques(3) - 40
Total 158 191
Gross square footage 21,017,000 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.
The company plans to open a full-line store at The Mall at Partridge Creek
in Clinton Township, Mich., on April 18, 2008.
Future Reporting Dates
Nordstrom's financial release calendar for the next three months is
currently planned as follows:
April Sales Release Thurs., May 8, 2008
First Quarter Earnings Release Thurs., May 15, 2008
May Sales Release Thurs., June 5, 2008
June Sales Release Thurs., July 10, 2008
Nordstrom, Inc. is one of the nation's leading fashion specialty
retailers, with 158 stores located in 28 states. Founded in 1901 as a shoe
store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 104 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.
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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