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  • wall_st_knight_mare wall_st_knight_mare Jan 9, 2013 1:45 PM Flag

    Retailers Abandoning Monthly Sales Figures

    Monthly retail sales have long been a key—and widely watched—indicator for gauging the health of retailers. But in recent years, more and more chains have begun balking. TNS Retail Forward, Columbus, Ohio, reports that, based on its tracking, 24 retailers have abandoned monthly reporting in just the last two years. Macy’s and CVS Caremark Corp. are among the newest additions to the list, which also includes such retail giants as Sears Holdings Corp., The Home Depot and Dollar General Corp.

    No Longer Reporting

    Month when stopped reporting

    Macy’s, Inc.

    Feb. ’08

    The Sharper Image Corp.

    Feb. ’08

    Jos. A Bank Clothiers

    Feb. ’08

    Deb Shops, Inc.

    Feb. ’08

    CVS/Caremark Corp.

    Jan. ’08

    Cost-U-Less, Inc.

    Nov. ’07

    Factory Card Outlet Corp.

    Oct. ’07

    United Retail Group

    Oct. ’07

    Wilsons Leather

    Sept. ’07

    bebe stores, inc.

    Aug. ’07

    Dress Barn, Inc.

    Aug. ’07

    Dollar General Corp

    Jun. ’07

    Claire’s Stores, Inc.

    May ’07

    New York & Co., Inc.

    May ’07

    Gymboree Corp.

    May ’07

    S&K Famous Brands, Inc.

    Mar ’07

    Pier 1 Imports, Inc.

    Mar ’07

    Jo-Ann Stores, Inc.

    Feb ’07

    Citi Trends, Inc.

    Feb ’07

    Hancock Fabrics, Inc.

    Feb ’07

    Guess, Inc.

    Jan ’07

    Talbots, Inc.

    Mar ’06

    Bombay Co., Inc.

    Mar ’06

    Men’s Wearhouse

    Aug ’06

    Sources: Company reports and TNS Retail Forward

    Critics of monthly sales say the reports have lost significance as an economic barometer in that they are no longer an accurate representation of the way consumers shop. For one, they don’t include online sales, a fast-growing category for many retailers. Also, gift cards, another growing trend, are not counted as sales until they are redeemed. And some retailers have said they stopped releasing their monthly numbers because the announcements provoked volatility in their share prices.

    The monthly numbers have not lost their clout with investors, however, who still regard them as an important indicator of sales trends—particularly in uncertain economic times

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