Retail stocks fell 0.9 percent Tuesday — the fifth straight decline for the sector poised to begin unveiling first-quarter results today when Macy’s Inc. issues its report card to investors.
The S&P Retail Index fell 2.98 points to 324.89 as the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.6 percent, or 50.34 points, to 8,469.11.
The Dow might have beaten the sector on Tuesday, but retail shares are still several lengths ahead for the year. So far in 2009, retail stocks are up 16.3 percent while the Dow has fallen 3.5 percent. After falling 0.1 percent Tuesday to 908.35, the S&P 500 is ahead 0.6 percent for the year.
Today the retail world’s focus will be on Macy’s, which analysts expect to post a loss of 20 cents a share, a deterioration from the 2 cents worth of red ink a year earlier, excluding charges. Shares of Macy’s fell 2.7 percent to $12.35 Tuesday. Liz Claiborne Inc., a key supplier to department stores that will also post results before the markets open, saw its stock fall 6.5 percent to $5.77. Claiborne is expected to post losses of 23 cents a share, following adjusted earnings of 28 cents a year earlier.
Other decliners Tuesday included Dillard’s Inc., down 6.1 percent to $7.74; Saks Inc., 5.1 percent to $3.95; AnnTaylor Stores Corp., 5 percent to $7.24, and J.C. Penney Co. Inc., 3.4 percent to $27.92. Among the more prominent advancers was Fossil Inc., up 9.2 percent to $21.55 after posting better-than-expected first-quarter results, and Swank Inc., which was up 47.5 percent to $1.49 in over-the-counter trading after reporting a reduced first-quarter loss on a 3 percent revenue decline.
Fashion stocks in Europe had a mixed day with BulgariSpA down 5.1 percent to 4.03 euros, or $5.49; PPR off 2.1 percent to 58 euros, or $78.97, and LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton inching up 0.03 percent to 59.02 euros, or $80.36.
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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
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24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews