Inc. (NYSE: GPS) today reported that net sales for the third quarter
of fiscal year 2012 increased 8 percent compared with last year, and
October 2012 net sales increased 6 percent compared with last year.
Net sales for the third quarter, which ended October 27, 2012, increased
8 percent to $3.86 billion compared with $3.59 billion for the third
quarter last year. The company’s third quarter comparable sales were up
6 percent compared with a 5 percent decrease in the third quarter last
In addition, net sales for the four-week period ended October 27, 2012
were $1.22 billion compared with net sales of $1.14 billion for the
four-week period ended October 29, 2011. The company’s comparable sales
for October 2012 were up 4 percent compared with a 6 percent decrease in
"We’re very pleased with the continued momentum in the business across
all brands in North America,” said Glenn Murphy, chairman and chief
executive officer at Gap Inc. "Our focus remains on offering great
product to our customers in order to sustain our business performance.”
Third Quarter Guidance
The company expects diluted earnings per share for the third quarter of
fiscal year 2012 to be in the range of $0.61 to $0.63, compared with
$0.38 for the third quarter last year. This represents an increase of
about 60% over last year. The expected third quarter diluted earnings
per share includes a benefit of about $0.02 primarily related to tax
Third Quarter Comparable Sales Results
Comparable sales for the third quarter of fiscal year 2012 were as
Gap North America: positive 7 percent versus negative 6 percent last
Banana Republic North America: positive 6 percent versus negative 1
percent last year
Old Navy North America: positive 9 percent versus negative 4 percent
International: negative 3 percent versus negative 10 percent last year
October Comparable Sales Results
Comparable sales for October 2012 were as follows:
Gap North America: positive 6 percent versus negative 5 percent last
Banana Republic North America: positive 5 percent versus positive 1
percent last year
Old Navy North America: positive 5 percent versus negative 9 percent
International: negative 2 percent versus negative 7 percent last year
Year-to-date net sales were $10.93 billion for the 39 weeks ended
October 27, 2012, which was an increase of 6 percent compared with net
sales of $10.27 billion for the 39 weeks ended October 29, 2011. The
company’s year-to-date comparable sales increased 5 percent compared
with a 3 percent decrease last year.
Gap Inc. will release its third quarter earnings results via press
release on November 15, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time. In addition, the
company will host a summary of Gap Inc.’s third quarter results in a
live conference call and webcast on November 15, 2012 at approximately
2:00 p.m. Pacific Time. The conference call can be accessed by calling
1-800-374-1731. International callers may dial 706-679-5876. The webcast
can be accessed at www.gapinc.com.
The company will report November sales on November 29, 2012.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the "safe
harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of
1995. All statements other than those that are purely historical are
forward-looking statements. Words such as "expect,” "anticipate,”
"believe,” "estimate,” "intend,” "plan,” "project,” and similar
expressions also identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking
statements include statements regarding the following:
diluted earnings per share for the third quarter of fiscal year 2012.
Because these forward-looking statements involve risks and
uncertainties, there are important factors that could cause the
company’s actual results to differ materially from those in the
forward-looking statements. These factors include, without limitation,
the risk that additional information may arise during the company’s
close process or as a result of subsequent events that would require
the company to make adjustments to the financial information.
Additional information regarding factors that could cause results to
differ can be found in the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the
fiscal year ended January 28, 2012, as well as the company’s subsequent
filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
These forward-looking statements are based on information as of November
1, 2012. The company assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise
its forward-looking statements even if experience or future changes make
it clear that any projected results expressed or implied therein will
not be realized.
About Gap Inc.
Gap Inc. is a leading global specialty retailer offering clothing,
accessories, and personal care products for men, women, children, and
babies under the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Piperlime, and Athleta
brands. Fiscal year 2011 net sales were $14.5 billion. Gap Inc. products
are available for purchase in about 90 countries worldwide through about
3,000 company-operated stores, about 250 franchise stores, and
e-commerce sites. For more information, please visit www.gapinc.com.