The TJX Companies (NYSE: TJX) reported a comp store sales growth of 5% for the first quarter of fiscal 2020, helped by the customer traffic. Earnings per share increased to $0.57 from $0.56 in the prior-year quarter. Sales rose 7% to $9.28 billion. TJX stock was trading in the positive territory in the early hours of pre-market trading and lost the momentum later.
For the second quarter of fiscal 2020, the off-price retailer expects EPS to be in the range of $0.61 to $0.62, a 5% to 7% increase over the prior year’s EPS of $0.58. The company expects the combination of incremental freight costs and store wage increases to negatively impact second quarter EPS growth by 2% to 3%.
For the fiscal year ending February 1, 2020, TJX lifted its EPS guidance. The company now expects FY20 EPS to be in the range of $2.56 to $2.61 versus the prior estimate of $2.55 to $2.60. This guidance reflects an assumption that the combination of incremental freight costs and store wage increases will negatively impact EPS growth by 3% to 4%.
Commenting on comp store sales growth, CEO Ernie Herrman stated, “It is terrific to see the continued strength of our largest division, Marmaxx, with an outstanding 6% comp increase. Further, Marmaxx’s apparel and home categories were both very strong. Once again this quarter, customer traffic was the primary driver of our consolidated comp increase and was up at each of our four major divisions.”
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TJX stock, which dropped slightly by 0.13% to $52.97 on Monday, had advanced 18% since the beginning of 2019 and 25% in the last 12 months.
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