Martha Stewart’s Name to Get Scarce at J.C. Penney

by Christopher Freeburn | January 29, 2013 10:31 am

martha stewart 300 Martha Stewart's Name to Get Scarce at J.C. Penney[1]A legal fight will keep most Martha Stewart-branded housewares and home decor products off the shelves[2] at J.C. Penney (NYSE:JCP[3]).

Despite the news, shares of J.C. Penney surged almost 6% in Tuesday morning trading on word that it will ditch its “no sales” policy[4], which fell flat with consumers.

The struggling department store chain had hoped that the decorating superstar’s line of home products would bring customers back to its stores. However, Macy’s (NYSE:M[5]) sued J.C. Penney last year, claiming that its deal with Martha Stewart Omnimedia (NYSE:MSO[6]), infringed on Macy’s own distribution deal for her product lines, the New York Post noted.

In December 2011, J.C. Penney signed a ten-year licensing deal with MSO that included mini-Martha Stewart shops in its department stores[7]. Under terms of the deal, J.C. Penney took a 17% stake in the domestic diva’s company.

As a result of the dispute, the Martha Stewart brand will be limited on J.C. Penney shelves while the matter plays out in a New York court, starting next month.

J.C. Penney saw its sales plunge[8] after it adopted a “no sales” policy under the direction of CEO Ron Johnson, who formerly ran Apple‘s (NASDAQ:AAPL[9]) brand name store chain.

Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: http://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/martha-stewart-300.jpg
  2. most Martha Stewart-branded housewares and home decor products off the shelves: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/business/ron_is_boxed_in_UHlRg2DX6v0ZM9MbexzBaM
  3. JCP: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=JCP
  4. will ditch its “no sales” policy: http://investorplace.com/2013/01/j-c-penney-brings-back-sales-to-win-back-customers/
  5. M: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=M
  6. MSO: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=MSO
  7. included mini-Martha Stewart shops in its department stores: http://investorplace.com/2012/08/macys-sues-j-c-penney-in-martha-stewart-brawl/
  8. saw its sales plunge: http://investorplace.com/2012/05/jcpenney-turnaround-turns-ugly-jcp/
  9. AAPL: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=AAPL

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