NEW YORK — Bebe Stores Inc. reported a slight increase in second-quarter earnings, which was partially caused by a tepid customer response to giftable merchandise during the holidays.
For the three months ended Dec. 31, the Brisbane, Calif.-based specialty retailer earned $25 million, or 27 cents a diluted share, compared with $24.3 million, or 26 cents, in the year-earlier period. Results in the most recent quarter included a stock-based compensation expense of 2 cents and a 1 cent expense related to the company's customer loyalty program. Analysts had been expecting a profit of 26 cents.
Net sales rose 10 percent to $167.9 million while same-store sales increased 2.2 percent.
Regarding its Bebe division, the company cited on a Thursday post-earnings conference call strength in outerwear, denim, sweaters and casual sportswear. That strength, however, was offset by negative same-store sales in accessories and tops.
"We also believe we missed an opportunity in gift-giving and accessories compared to last year," the company said.
Gross profits declined to 50.7 as a percent of sales from 51.3 last year. Bebe cited lower merchandise margins.
Year-to-date earnings rose 8.1 percent to $38.6 million, or 41 cents, which compares with $35.7 million, or 39 cents, in the prior year. Net sales were up 15 percent at $294.1 million.
From overseeing America’s fastest-growing speciality retailers to codifying cool, WWD talked to the women who are leading the way for the future of beauty. Check out our Instagram Stories to see how these women built today and are creating tomorrow. (📸: @hannah_khymych) #wwdbeauty
For @laperlalingerie's spring 2018 show, the brand chose to host their event at @thevenetianmacao. With Chinese megastars @bingbing_fan and @hubing in attendance, La Perla debuted a rock ‘n’ roll-inspired collection. The show marked the start of Sands Macao Fashion Week, which runs from October 19 to 24 — the city’s first such event. Pictured here are models backstage with glimmering eyes. #wwdfashion (📷: Cheuk-Yin To)
Trending for spring 2018: top stitch design. Gone are the days of stitch just for seams — designers are using the once-minimal detail to create strong decorative elements. (📷: Paola Testa; Styled by @andrew_shang) #wwdfashion
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)