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Buckle's (BKE) Impressive Sales Performance Drives Stock

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The Buckle, Inc.’s BKE shares have jumped 6.7% since Mar 4, following impressive sales for February. Despite coronavirus blues, the company managed to deliver the ninth straight monthly sales rise and seventh consecutive comparable store net sales (comps) increase for the month. Markedly, this stellar sales performance has been driving the Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) stock.

Apparently, shares of this apparel, footwear and accessories retailer have surged 23.7% over the past three months compared with the industry’s 21.9% rally. Also, Buckle has been witnessing strength in the online business amid the pandemic. In addition, momentum in the youth business owing to evolution of the Mini Me assortment appears encouraging.

Robust Sales Numbers

Markedly, comps grew 5.3% year over year for the four-week period ended Feb 27, 2021. This followed an increase of 35.3%, 17.9% and 8.4% for January, December and November, respectively. Impressively, Buckle’s net sales for the fiscal month ended Feb 27, 2021 increased 5% to $66.1 million from $63 million recorded in the month ended Feb 29, 2020. We note that the company registered sales increase of 33.6%, 17.7% and 8.1%, respectively, in the preceding three months.

The company’s women’s and men’s merchandise categories are doing well. For the month under review, total sales at the men’s unit increased 4.5% year over year and the same at the women’s business grew nearly 3.5%. While the men’s category contributed 50.5% to the company’s overall monthly sales, the women’s unit accounted for nearly 49.5%. On combining the men’s and women’s categories, accessory sales for the month increased about 5% and footwear sales climbed up 24.5% from the comparable year-ago figure. Both the accessory and footwear categories accounted for roughly 8.5% and 10.5%, respectively, of overall sales. In the year-ago period, sales were up 8.5% and 9%, respectively, for both these categories.

We note that Buckle presently operates 442 retail outlets across 42 states versus 446 outlets as of Mar 4, 2020. Management also informed that it will release fourth-quarter and fiscal 2020 results on Mar 12, 2021.

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