Urban Outfitters shares tumble on disappointing holiday sales, retailer taps Harrington as CEO

Clients with their City Outfitters procuring baggage in Soho in New York

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City Outfitters shares tumbled Tuesday after the apparel retailer reported disappointing holiday sales and announced its present chief executive is determined to transfer away on the tip of the month.

Its stock dropped about 11% in after-hours trading, having closed the day up nearly about 6%.

City Outfitters, which additionally owns the Anthropologie and Free Other folks manufacturers, stated present CEO Trish Donnelly will most likely be leaving, superb Jan. 31, to pursue one more career different. It has named Sheila Harrington, present CEO of Free Other folks, as CEO of City Outfitters, and she’s going to proceed to supervise the Free Other folks banner.

In the path of the 2-month period ended Dec. 31, City stated its total company sales fell 8.4% from a year earlier, whereas same-store sales fell 9% as a result of declines in store traffic thanks to the Covid pandemic. Same-store sales track revenue both on-line and at shops originate for no not as a lot as 12 months.

Its on-line sales grew double digits, the company stated, but that wasn’t ample to offset the losses in its shops. City stated sales were up 1% at Free Other folks, down 8% at City Outfitters, and down 12% at Anthropologie.

In a virtual presentation on the annual ICR Conference Tuesday afternoon, CFO Frank┬áConforti explained the company saved its inventories gentle at some level of the holidays, especially in shops, to sustain away from having to gash rate extra merchandise on the season. Nonetheless this approach may perchance well even grasp backfired and hit store sales, Conforti stated. “This will perchance be the first time we experienced the adverse impact as a result of our product mannequin,” he stated.

City is additionally within the midst of of creating one more warehouse facility in Kansas, he stated, to be in a plan to fulfill the demand spike it is experiencing on-line, and this may perchance well originate a temporary warehouse within the intervening time to abet it with digital orders.

The company famed its same-store sales all the arrangement throughout the portfolio grasp “rebounded neatly” at some level of January. Nonetheless, it expects earnings to be forced at some level of the fourth quarter due, in section, to heightened birth and logistics fees thanks to the surge it is experiencing on-line.

For the eleven-month period ended Dec. 31, City stated its total gather sales fell 14.3%, whereas same-store sales dropped 12% total.

Additionally Tuesday, City named Gabrielle Conforti, its present chief merchandising officer, as president for City’s North The United States division. Emma Wisden, present managing director for City’s Europe division, will lead City’s wholesale alternate, the company stated.

City Outfitters shares had climbed nearly 15% all the arrangement throughout the last 12 months, as of Tuesday’s market close.