Quarterly Earnings Releases, Monthly Sales Results, and Prestigious Certifications - Analyst Notes on Whole Foods, GNC, Costco, Alliance Data and Ctrip.com

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Quarterly Earnings Releases, Monthly Sales Results, and Prestigious Certifications - Analyst Notes on Whole Foods, GNC, Costco, Alliance Data and Ctrip.com

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NEW YORK, May 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

Today, Analysts Review released its analysts' notes regarding Whole Foods Market Inc. (NASDAQ: WFM), GNC Holdings Inc. (NYSE: GNC), Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ: COST), Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE: ADS) and Ctrip.com International Ltd. (NASDAQ: CTRP). Private wealth members receive these notes ahead of publication. To reserve complementary membership, limited openings are available at: http://www.analystsreview.com/2324-100free.

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Whole Foods Market Inc. Analyst Notes
On May 6, 2014, shares of Whole Foods Market Inc. (Whole Foods) tumbled 18.81%, after earnings growth in Q2 FY 2014 (period ended April 13, 2014) stagnated. Net income for the quarter came in at $142 million or $0.38 per diluted share, unchanged from the net income reported in Q2 FY 2013. The average of 30 analysts' estimates compiled by Bloomberg expected the Company to post EPS of $0.41 in Q2 FY 2014. However, quarterly sales of $3.3 billion, were up 9.7% YoY. The Company reduced its FY 2014 sales growth and diluted EPS guidance; and now expects sales growth in the range of 10.5% - 11.0% compared to previous guidance of 11.0% - 12.0% and diluted EPS in the range of $1.52 - $1.56, compared to previous guidance of $1.58 - $1.65. The full analyst notes on Whole Foods are available to download free of charge at:

http://www.analystsreview.com/2324-WFM-12May2014.pdf

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GNC Holdings Inc. Analyst Notes
On May 6, 2014, GNC Holdings Inc. (GNC), the specialty retailer of health and wellness products, released its Q1 2014 earnings. The Company reported a 1.9% YoY improvement in consolidated revenue to $677.3 million. During the quarter, the Company's retail segment revenues improved 3.1% YoY to $509.0 million driven primarily by growth in e-commerce businesses and the addition of 158 net new stores since the end of the Q1 2013. Net income fell to $69.9 million or $0.75 per diluted share, compared to a net income of $72.6 million or $0.73 per diluted share in Q1 2013. According to the Company, its Q1 2014 results were adversely impacted by severe weather conditions in the months of January and February 2014. Looking ahead, for full-year 2014, the Company projected diluted EPS between $3.05 and $3.10, lower than the Thomson Reuters' expected earnings of $3.20 per share on revenue of $2.84 billion. The full analyst notes on GNC are available to download free of charge at:

http://www.analystsreview.com/2324-GNC-12May2014.pdf

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Costco Wholesale Corporation Analyst Notes
On May 8, 2014, Costco Wholesale Corporation (Costco) released its monthly sales results for April 2014 (four weeks ended May 4, 2014). Net sales for the reported month came in at $8.6 billion, up 7.3% YoY. The Company informed that the four weeks period is of 27 days compared to 28 last year due to timing of Easter. Further, the shift in calendar negatively impacted this year's net and comparable sales by an estimated 1.5% to 2%. The Company's net sales for period of 35 weeks (period ended March 4, 2014) improved 6.1% YoY to $73.2 billion. Total comparable sales for four weeks and 35 weeks improved by 5% and 3%, respectively. According to the Company, the inflation in gasoline prices positively impacted four weeks comparable sales and negatively impacted the 35 weeks sales. In addition, foreign currencies had a negative impact for both periods. The full analyst notes on Costco are available to download free of charge at:

http://www.analystsreview.com/2324-COST-12May2014.pdf

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Alliance Data Systems Corporation Analyst Notes
On May 5, 2014, Alliance Data Systems Corporation (Alliance Data) announced that the Company's Retail Services business has won the prestigious "Center of Excellence" certification by BenchmarkPortal for the quality of operations and service delivery in all Alliance Data care centers, nationwide for the ninth time. The Retail Services business manages more than 130 private label and co-brand credit programs. Sallie Komitor, Chief Customer Officer for Alliance Data, said, "We view our industry-leading customer care organization as a competitive differentiator for Alliance Data Retail Services, and as an asset to our client partners." The full analyst notes on Alliance Data are available to download free of charge at:

http://www.analystsreview.com/2324-ADS-12May2014.pdf

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Ctrip.com International Ltd. Analyst Notes
On May 7, 2014, Ctrip.com International Ltd. (Ctrip.com) released its Q1 2014 earnings. The Company reported Q1 2014 net revenues of RMB 1.6 billion ($254.5 million), up 36.3% YoY. During the quarter, the Company's accommodation revenues went up by 45.8% YoY to RMB 656.7 million ($105.6 million), primarily driven by an increase of 67% YoY in accommodation reservation volume and partially offset by the decrease of commission per room night. Ticketing revenues improved 42.6% YoY to RMB 651.1 million ($104.7 million) driven by an increase of 71% YoY in ticketing volume. Q1 2014 net income attributable to Ctrip.com came in at RMB 115.4 million ($18.6 million) or RMB 0.75 per ADS, compared to net income of RMB 153.5 million or RMB 1.10 per ADS in Q1 2013. On average, analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected the Company to report earnings of $0.11 per ADS on revenues of $244.54 million. The full analyst notes on Ctrip.com are available to download free of charge at:

http://www.analystsreview.com/2324-CTRP-12May2014.pdf

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