|James M. Samons
Geregistreerd op: 30-10-2017
|Geplaatst: Ma Okt 30, 2017 5:50 am Onderwerp: Pandora Sees US Sales Fall in Q1
|Copenhagen, Denmark--Pandora saw its U.S. sales decline for the second quarter in a row due to what it described as a ďdifficultĒ retail environment, particularly in the countryís malls.The Copenhagen-based bead brand reported Tuesday that revenue in the United States was down 7 percent (10 percent in local currency) year-over-year in the first quarter.
Excluding the effects of the closing of 600 other points of sale (non-concept stores) and a large, one-off shipment to Jared the Galleria of Jewelry in Q1 2016, U.S. sales would have been flat.
The U.S. results were a drag on the performance of the Americas region, which recorded a 5 percent (9 percent in local currency) drop in sales to $247.4 million in the first quarter.In addition to the slow mall traffic in the U.S., the company--which is focusing its marketing and promotional efforts on earrings, Pandora Rings and necklaces--said introducing fewer new Pandora Bracelets and charms for Valentineís Day impacted sales.
Instead, Pandora UK Outlet Store now gives a count of concept stores in its largest markets and a global tally of what it now classifies under ďother points of sale,Ē which includes multi-branded stores as well as shop-in-shops.
According to the figures released Tuesday, Pandora had 349 concept stores in the U.S. as of the end of the first quarter, compared with 328 a year ago, a 6 percent increase.Globally, its other points of sale have shrunk by 16 percent in that same time frame, from 7,174 to 5,993.
The company also said it acquired 33 franchise concept stores in Q1, including 18 in the United States. It said revenue in company-owned and -operated concept stores is, on average, nearly 2.5 times higher than the revenue from a comparable concept store owned by a franchisee.
Globally, Pandora saw first quarter sales increase 9 percent (8 percent in local currency) year-over-year to $754 million. Revenue from Pandora-owned retail stores now represents 38 percent of total revenue.
A strong performance in the Asia-Pacific region and strength in ring, earring and Pandora Charms UK sales helped to offset the brandís relatively weak performance in the United States and the slowdown in charm and bracelet sales.