Although spun off in 2012, Sears Hometown & Outlet stores still has operational ties to Sears Holdings and that organization’s bankruptcy has hit the business. However, financially, the company gained some traction in the third quarter as it pushes to reach profitability.
Pressured by freight and other cost increases, Dollar Tree managed to grow its net sales and income, although comps slipped at the company’s Family Dollar banner.
The Thanksgiving weekend period was busy, particularly cold in some places, and productive from a retail perspective, market research firms analyzing sales data and at least one key retailer already have reported.
The Home Depot exceeded Wall Street expectations in a third quarter when net earnings were $2.87 billion, or $2.51 per diluted share, versus $2.17 billion, or $1.84 per diluted share, in the year-previous quarter.
Overstock.com pursued more robust marketing initiatives in the third quarter ended September 30 and, partially because of those efforts, posted a net loss of $47.9 million, or $1.55 per diluted share, versus $786,000, or three cents per diluted share, in the year-earlier period.