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Victoria’s Secret Owner Soars 15% as Beauty Chain Boosts Sales

Jordyn Holman
Victoria’s Secret Owner Soars 15% as Beauty Chain Boosts Sales

(Bloomberg) -- L Brands Inc. rose in late trading after the company boosted the lower end of its full-year guidance as its Bath & Body Works brand continues to log double digit sales growth.

Same store sales at Bath & Body Works rose 13%, a performance the company said “significantly exceeded our expectations.” Comparable sales at L Brands, including both in-store and direct-to-consumer sales, was flat last quarter, dragged down by weaker results at Victoria’s Secret.

Key Insights

While its beauty and skin care chain is going gangbusters, its Victoria’s Secret unit is still struggling. Same-store sales there fell 5% in the quarter. Still, investors may be hopeful change is afoot: The company recently said it would change the way it does its annual fashion show, suggesting it’s open to criticism after years losing market share to upstarts.“We are clearly not satisfied and are working hard to improve performance,” L Brands said, referring to the results at Victoria’s Secret. The company called out declining comparable sales in its lingerie business, where margins were hit by over-discounting, and falling same-store sales at its youth-targeted PINK line.As tariffs quickly race to the top of executive’s concerns, L Brands said the majority of its products for Victoria’s Secret Beauty and Bath & Body Works products are sourced in the U.S. Its lingerie and apparel is produced “across a well-diversified group” of countries, mostly Asian, with China representing less than 20% of the total. The company said it’s taking steps to mitigate its China exposure.

Market Reaction

The shares rose as much as 15% in after-hours trading. They had slumped 16% this year through Wednesday’s close.

(Updates to include commentary on tariffs.)

--With assistance from Connor Corvino.

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