Signs of Hope

PVH Corp.

“I am happy with the inflection we’ve seen in the [North American] business. We started to see a turn in our retail business in the second quarter and we saw even stronger momentum during the third.” — Emanuel Chirico, ceo, on Nov. 30

The new Calvin Klein store in Shanghai.

The new Calvin Klein store in Shanghai.  Courtesy Photo

American Eagle Outfitters Inc.

“The third quarter produced record sales.…I’m very pleased to see strong momentum continue into the fourth quarter, positioning us well for the next few critical weeks of the holiday season.” — Jay Schottenstein, ceo, on Dec. 6

AE Studio at Union Square.

AE Studio at Union Square.  George Chinsee/WWD

G-III Apparel Group

“We are pleased with our third-quarter results, which surpassed our plan….Overall, we are positioned for a good fourth quarter as our products continue to sell well in stores throughout the country.” — Morris Goldfarb, ceo, on Dec. 5

A fall ad image from DKNY.  Courtesy

Neiman Marcus Group

“In this very challenging retail environment, we delivered positive growth for the first time in a couple of years.” — Karen Katz, ceo, on Nov. 21, referring to the fiscal first quarter

Shoppers walk by a Neiman Marcus department store on Black Friday in Miami, . Stores open their doors Friday for what is still one of the busiest days of the year, even as the start of the holiday season edges ever earlierHoliday Shopping Black Friday, Miami, USA - 25 Nov 2016

A Neiman Marcus Last Call store.  Alan Diaz/AP/REX/Shutterstock

Signs of Nope

Ascena Retail Group Inc.

“We were unable to capitalize on the improving macro traffic environment due to fashion missteps that we cannot afford in today’s environment.” — David Jaffe, ceo, bemoaning a “disappointing” fiscal first quarter, on Dec. 4.

Ann Taylor shoe showroom

Ann Taylor’s shoe showroom at Garden State Plaza.  Courtesy Photo

Bon-Ton Stores Inc.

“The third quarter fell short of our expectations….We expect to implement a significant store rationalization program and plan to close at least 40 locations through 2018.” — William Tracy, ceo, on Nov. 16

Exterior view of a Bon-Ton store

A Bon-Ton store.  Courtesy Photo

J. Crew Group Inc.

“To drive top-line growth, we must evolve our business model from a traditional brick-and-mortar specialty retailer to a digital-first omnichannel business…with a more appropriately sized real estate footprint.” — Michael Nicholson, chief operating officer, on Nov. 21

The Opening Of The Clothes Store J. Crew In Regents Street London.The Opening Of The Clothes Store J. Crew In Regents Street London.

J. Crew  Daily Mail/REX/Shutterstock

Hudson’s Bay Co.

“While Saks Fifth Avenue and Hudson’s Bay are performing well, our overall third-quarter results did not meet our expectations,” Richard Baker, HBC’s governor, executive chairman and interim ceo

Traffic passes the flagship store of Lord & Taylor in New York on Thursday, June 22, 2006. Federated Department Stores Inc. is close to signing a deal to sell its Lord & Taylor chain to private-equity player Apollo Real Estate Advisors and shopping center developer NRDC Real Estate Advisors LLC for approximately $1.2 billion. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Lord & Taylor flagship on Fifth Avenue.  AP