Macy’s cuts full-year forecasts as inflation hits department store spending

By Thomson Reuters Aug 23, 2022 | 6:05 AM

(Reuters) -Macy’s Inc cut its full-year sales and profit forecasts on Tuesday as decades-high inflation saps consumer spending power for apparel and other discretionary products, especially among lower-income shoppers.

The department store chain joins rival Kohl’s Corp in seeing its sales squeezed by a slump in demand for casual and athleisure apparel, and steeper discounts to get rid of excess inventories.

Macy’s said it expects fiscal 2022 adjusted earnings of $4.00 to $4.20 per share, compared with its previous forecast of $4.53 to $4.95 per share.

The company forecast 2022 net sales of $24.34 billion to $24.58 billion, compared with its previous outlook of $24.46 billion to $24.70 billion.

Comparable sales at Macy’s owned stores fell 1.5% in the second quarter, compared with analysts’ estimates of a 2.2% fall, according to Refinitiv IBES data.

(Reporting by Uday Sampath in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta)