Abercrombie & Fitch Co on Tuesday raised its annual net sales progress forecast, signaling robust demand for its life-style manufacturers heading into the essential vacation purchasing season.
Updated inventories and stylish logoless fundamentals and jackets have allowed the corporate to rein in promotions and markdowns from a yr earlier, when it was coping with softer client demand.
This mirrored in an 11% rise in internet sales at its Hollister manufacturers, focused at teen prospects, as the corporate logged a robust back-to-school season, echoing outcomes from footwear retailers Hibbet and Dick’s Sporting Goods.
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“The retailer’s expansion into new categories like occasion wear and athleisure is helping it capture more spending and stay relevant,” mentioned Rachel Wolff, senior analyst at Insider Intelligence.
Demand for the corporate’s “on-trend” choice ought to insulate Abercrombie from a broader decline in discretionary spending, she added.
Still, the corporate’s shares, which have climbed 220% to this point this yr, had been down about 5% in premarket buying and selling.
Abercrombie expects holiday-quarter net sales progress to be up within the low double-digits, in contrast with analysts’ common estimate of a progress of 11.6%, as per LSEG information.
Net sales at Abercrombie namesake model soared 30% within the quarter ended Oct. 28.
The firm’s internet sales for the third-quarter jumped 20% to $1.01 billion, topping market expectations of $980.9 million.
Abercrombie now expects internet sales to rise between 12% and 14% for fiscal 2023, in contrast with its earlier forecast of about 10% progress.