“Despite significant headwinds during the latter part of the year, we are pleased to report our fourth consecutive year of positive comparable-store sales,” said Tim Belk, chairman and chief executive officer of Belk Inc. “Compared to recent years, fiscal 2014 was a challenging year with a shorter holiday selling season, and our earnings were impacted by additional expense associated with key strategic initiatives, such as expanded omnichannel and e-commerce capabilities. We spent time last year testing ways to drive incremental sales through item locator and store fulfillment of digital orders, and we plan to expand those efforts this year.”
Belk cited activewear; women’s contemporary, resort and bridge fashions; women’s suits; men’s better sportswear and clothing, and kids’ apparel and shoes as the best-performing categories.
Belk cited several investments impacting the bottom line, among them the launch of a new information technology platform with a new merchandising system and the replacement of much of the company’s previous IT infrastructure. Net income excluding non-comparable items totaled $161 million compared to $185.5 million in the prior year.
In other news, Belk plans to repurchase up to nearly 2.1 million shares of its common stock at a price of $48.10 a share. The company expects to launch the repurchase offer on or about April 24.
As reported, Belk plans to invest more than $700 million over three years on omnichannel initiatives; flagship development; expanding and remodeling existing stores; supply chain initiatives, and enhancing key merchandise departments such as shoes.
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)
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For Lady Gaga’s only Italian show on her “Joanne World Tour,” the singer wore a range of @versace_official outfits. The standout piece: this custom-made bodysuit inspired by the brand’s spring 2018 collection. #wwdfashion (RG: @ladygaga)
@_camillaruth_ is expanding on the wellness-craze concept with @westbourne – a new NYC restaurant that’s both a healthy-minded café as well as a business that gives back to the community. Marcus works with the Robin Hood foundation to give back to The Door, a non-profit providing youth development services, and also hires employees through The Door. Read our full interview with Marcus on giving back through food on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)