Tuesday Morning Narrows Q1 Loss

TuesdayMorning_2014DALLAS-With the retailer's Turnaround Phase finished, Tuesday Morning reported a first-quarter net loss that was significantly reduced from the loss in last year's first quarter.

The loss for the quarter, which ended on Sept. 30, totaled $6.2 million, compared to the $12 million loss last year. Net sales jumped 10.1 percent to $202.2 million, including a same-store sales increase of 11.3 percent. In addition, Tuesday Morning enjoyed a 50 percent increase in sales at stores that had been relocated over the past 12 months.

Gross margin improved by 104 basis points to 35.6 percent. Selling, general and administrative expenses edged up 2.4 percent in dollars but dropped 290 basis points as a percentage of sales, to 38.4 percent.

Declaring the Turnaround Phase over, CEO Michael Rouleau said, "This encompassed the exit of non-core categories, the introduction of new and expanded categories, comprehensive improvements in store conditions and operations, redirection of our real-estate program and the streamlining of our supply chain." The effort also included the reduction of the level of clearance merchandise, enhancing company policies and eliminating obsolete assets.

Rouleau said Tuesday Morning is "seeing strong sales momentum and improving profitability as consumers have responded well to these changes. Looking ahead, we currently expect to build on this momentum and deliver a successful fall and holiday season."

David GillDavid Gill | Senior Editor

David Gill covers home textiles, small electrics housewares, personal-care products, cleaning products, mattresses, consumer electronics and major appliances. He also reports on retailers and writes about the business and financial side of both vendors and retailers. He has more than 30 years of experience in business journalism, and has worked for other publications and websites that cover consumer products from both the manufacturer and retailer sides. His outside interests include sports (he is a big fan of the New York teams and of British soccer), cooking, movies and theater. He occasionally enjoys a good cigar as well.


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