Limited Brands Inc. on Wednesday posted a decline in second-quarter results, but still raised full-year guidance.
For the three months ended July 28, second-quarter income fell 37.9 percent to $143.6 million, or 49 cents a diluted share, versus $231.2 million, or 73 cents, last year. Excluding pretax charges this year related to the La Senza store closures and a nontaxable gain last year as well as a pretax expense related to a charitable contribution, adjusted income was down 2.3 percent to $147.2 million, or 50 cents a diluted share, compared with $150.7 million, or 48 cents, a year ago.
Sales for the quarter fell 2.4 percent to $2.40 billion from $2.46 billion. Sales results for the year-ago quarter included $216.6 million attributable to the third-party apparel sourcing business that was sold in November. Comparable-store sales for the quarter just ended rose 8 percent.
The company expects 2012 third-quarter adjusted earnings per share to be between 15 cents and 20 cents, compared with adjusted EPS of 25 cents in the comparable year-ago quarter. For 2012, the company projected EPS of between $2.73 and $2.88, versus previous guidance of $2.63 to $2.83.
The company operates 2,619 specialty stores in the U.S. Its brands — Victoria’s Secret, Pink, Bath & Body Works, La Senza and Henri Bendel — are sold in more than 700 company-operated and franchised additional locations worldwide.
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion