Nov 20 Zale Corp, which offers
affordable jewelry to middle-class shoppers, on Tuesday posted a
deeper quarterly loss than Wall Street expected on sales that
did not meet expectations, and shares fell more than 11 percent
in after-hours trading.
Fourth-quarter revenue rose 1.8 percent to $357.5 million,
missing analyst projections of $364.7 million, according to
Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. The net loss narrowed from a year
earlier, but was 20 cents per share bigger than analysts had
Shares fell 83 cents to $6.61 in after-hours trading after
the company released its results. Last Tuesday, Zale shares
reached $7.66, their highest level since 2009.
Zale reported its eighth straight quarter of same-store
sales gains. Zale's U.S. fine jewelry brands unit, which
accounts for about 70 percent of annual revenue and consists of
Zales Jewelers, Zales Outlet and Gordon's Jewelers, posted a 3.9
percent increase in same-store sales in the quarter.
The company, which operates Peoples Jewellers in Canada,
reported company wide a same-store sales gains of 3.7 percent
excluding the impact of current translations.
The company's net loss for the first quarter narrowed to
$28.3 million, or 88 cents per share, from $31.9 million, or 99
cents per share, a year earlier.