The Buckle, Inc. ( BKE Quick Quote BKE - Free Report) posted soft comparable store sales results for the month of June. This Kearney, NE-based company witnessed sluggishness in both the men’s and women’s sides of the business. While accessory was the bright spot, the footwear category struggled. We note that comparable store sales for the five-week period ended Jul 2, 2022, declined 1.7% year over year. This followed a comparable store sales increase of 5.3% and 2.8% in the months of May and April, respectively. Total net sales fell 1.5% to $110 million for the month under discussion from $111.7 million reported in the prior-year five-week period ended Jul 3, 2021. This followed a total net sales increase of 5.1% in May and 2.9% in April. On both the men’s and women’s sides of the business, total sales decreased 2% for the five-week period ended Jul 2, 2022. While the men’s business contributed roughly 57% of total sales, the women’s business accounted for about 43%. For the fiscal month, overall price points on the men’s and women’s sides of the business were up roughly 3% and 5.5%, respectively. On combining the men’s and women’s categories, accessory sales for the month of June 2022 climbed 6%; however, footwear sales declined 8.5% in comparison to the prior year. The accessory and footwear categories accounted for 12% and 8.5%, respectively, of the current fiscal June net sales. Average accessory price points increased approximately 5%, while average footwear price points rose about 6% for the fiscal month.
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For the 22-week period ended Jul 2, 2022, comparable store sales increased 2.8% year over year, while net sales rose 2.6% to $513.4 million.
This Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) company currently operates 441 retail stores in 42 states. We note that the Zacks Consensus Estimate for Buckle’s current financial year sales and EPS suggests growth of 6.5% and 2.1%, respectively, from the year-ago reported figure. Shares of Buckle have fallen 12.6% in the past three months compared with the industry’s decline of 22.3%. 3 More Stocks Looking Red Hot
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