Urban Outfitters Inc. on Monday reported net income of $60 million for the third quarter ended Oct. 31, a 17.6 percent increase from $51 million in the same period of 2011. Net income for the nine months ended Oct. 31 was $155 million, a 6.9 percent jump over $146 million for the prior year’s nine-month period. Earnings per diluted share were 40 cents and $1.06 for the three and nine months, respectively.
The retailer said net sales rose 14 percent to a record $693 million in the third quarter, versus $609.9 million in the year-ago quarter. Comparable retail segment net sales, which include the direct-to-consumer channel, increased by 8 percent for the quarter, while same-store net sales decreased by 1 percent. Comp-store sales at Free People rose 24 percent; Urban Outfitters, 7 percent, and Anthropologie, 6 percent. Direct-to-consumer net sales increased by 36 percent and wholesale segment net sales rose by 7 percent.
Frank J. Conforti, chief financial officer, said Hurricane Sandy impacted the last four days of the quarter, with “106 of our stores affected by Sandy. Closures ranged from a few hours to a week. The direct-to-consumer channel was negatively impacted by power outages in the Northeast. Sandy could have affected our total retail segment comps by up to 1 percentage point.”
As of Oct. 31, total inventories increased by $28 million, or 8 percent, on a year-over-year basis. Comparable retail segment inventories were flat and store inventories fell by 6 percent. Selling, general and administrative expenses as a percentage of net sales for the three months rose by 75 basis points due to higher incentive-based compensation.
The direct-to-consumer channel in September had the highest sales of any month in its history. International direct sales shot up 66 percent, with Australia posting a 155 percent gain. Freepeople.co.uk was launched this year and Urban Outfitters unveiled three new stores in Germany in addition to launching urbanoutfitters.co.ge. “The European business has produced double-digit increases with 20 stores,” said Tedford Marlow, ceo of Urban Outfitters Group.
Chairman, president and chief executive officer Richard Hayne said, “The European direct-to-consumer business is the fastest growing business.”
Conforti said the company in 2013 plans to open 49 new stores, including 18 Urban Outfitters units, 15 Free People stores, 14 Anthropologie locations and one store each for Terrain and BHLDN.
Margaret Hayne, Richard’s wife and president of Free People, said the brand opened an 800-square-foot in-store shop at Nordstrom’s Seattle flagship with exclusive product, fixtures and displays that it hopes to replicate in other Nordstrom units.
In yet another fashion show shuffle, @elleryland is moving its show in sync with the Paris couture calendar — though the brand is still keeping one foot on the city’s ready-to-wear schedule. Their runway show in January will coincide with the launch of a new strategy: designing two main collections each year instead of four, which will then be released in four drops. “As we all know, the system needs to change. We need to show sooner to give time back to artisans and designers to do what they do best — create,” said founder Kym Ellery. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@maxmara’s classic 101801 coat was the cornerstone of its pre-fall 2018 collection. The design team expanded the traditional double-breasted, kimono-sleeved style into a trapeze coat, lean belted styles and a peacoat and presented them in monochromatic looks – like the camel one pictured here. #wwdfashion #prefall18 (📷: George Chinsee)
The @cfda has shifted the dates of #NYFW, with Men’s showing on February 5 through February 7, and Women’s will directly follow, running from February 8 through 14. The preliminary schedule will be released on the CFDA’s web site in the next few days, but Mark Beckham, VP of marketing for the CFDA, revealed that @rafsimons will be back to close the men’s-specific part of the week with a show on February 7 #wwdfashion (📷: Kelly Taub)
@ferragamo is introducing a new space dedicated to the development of women’s and men’s leather good samples. The laboratory, which is created eco-friendly materials and designed to reduce the environmental impact of the manufacturing processes, will allow the company to expand its accessories offering through traditional artisanal approaches. #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
How does a “regular, degular, schmegular” girl from the Bronx, N.Y., become a Grammy-nominated artist with a certified platinum record in less than a year? Call it the @iamcardib come up. The 25-year-old has become a musical sensation, and the fashion world is taking note. “If I could describe her style I would say drama. She’s really into the dramatics,” says Cardi B’s stylist @kollincarter. See how Carter styles her bold and out there looks with the link in bio. #wwdfashion
“There is no formula. There is no guideline. I can watch Ted Talks all day, but there is no one who can advise me on exactly what it is I should be doing,” said @ronniefieg, CEO of @kith, in an interview with WWD’s @ariahughes at the brand’s new SoHo office in Manhattan. Head to WWD.com to see how Fieg went from hanging out in shoe stockrooms at 13 to building his own business. #wwdfashion (📷: @weston.wells)
@fearofgod and @maxfieldla have teamed up on a pop-up installation. The store, located in the gallery space across from Maxfield’s Melrose Ave location, is the site of the brand’s House of God pop-up in which Fear of God founder @jerrylorenzo has created a church-inspired installation. A dozen vintage church pews sit in front of an LED screen playing 90s gospel singers in an effort to re-create an environment akin to a Southern Baptist Church, Lorenzo explained. Read more about the pop-up on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Jennifer Johnson)
Known for his sleek, sophisticated American glamour, Norman Norell is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at @fitnyc. “Norell: Dean of American Fashion,” which runs from February 9 through April 14, will feature approximately 100 ensembles and accessories. His best work is exemplified by the designer’s glittering “mermaid” gowns frosted with thousands of hand-sewn sequins – like the one pictured. (📷: William Helburn) #wwdfashion
For pre-fall 2018, @balmain didn’t let go of the glitz. A crystal embroidered baseball jacket priced at around $40,000 hangs in the “couture” section of the brand’s first men’s pre-collection. Sporting the words “Balmain Army” across the back, the item took around two months to make. “When it was completed, it was like Christmas, it was like, ‘It’s done, it’s exactly what I wanted,’” said Balmain’s creative director @olivier_rousteing during a tour of the collection in a Paris showroom on Monday. #wwdfashion