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U.S. Retailers Report Weaker June Sales

Discount stores and luxury retailers beat analysts' expectations


Consumers appeared to pull back from spending last month, prompting a number of retailers to post lower-than-expected sales numbers for June.

Costco (NASDAQ:COST) said it saw an overall 3% rise in same-store sales last month. That fell short of the 3.7% that analysts were looking for. The company’s international sales were hurt a rising dollar, but its U.S. same-store sales also disappointed analysts, Reuters noted.

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Target‘s (NYSE:TGT) sales for June rose 2.1%. But that was below analysts’ forecast. Macy‘s (NYSE:M) posted a same-store sales bump of just 1.2% in June, but that was down from the 1.9% gain analysts expected. June sales at Kohl‘s (NYSE:KSS) also came in below estimates.

The news wasn’t all bad. Limited Brands (NYSE:LTD) posted a 7% jump, topping the 2.4% increase Wall Street had anticipated.

Discount chains, including TJX (NYSE:TJX) and Ross Stores (NASDAQ:ROST) also saw higher sales and upgraded their second-quarter guidance.

Upscale retailers also fared better with Nordstrom‘s (NYSE:JWN) and Saks (NYSE:SKS) reporting better-than-expected sales.

Analysts cited by Reuters attributed the mixed results to growing consumer worries over continued high unemployment and the global economic slowdown.

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