Nordstrom's forecast cut renews concerns about retail slowdown

Thu Nov 12, 2015 6:41pm EST
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By Subrat Patnaik

(Reuters) - Department store operator Nordstrom Inc (JWN.N: Quote) on Thursday followed Macy's Inc (M.N: Quote) in cutting its full-year forecast, bringing back into sharp focus concerns of a slowdown in the retail sector.

Shares of Nordstrom fell 20.5 percent to $50.46 in after-hours trading, their lowest since March 2013.

The company's results were in contrast to that of Kohl's Corp (KSS.N: Quote), which earlier in the day reported better-than-expected quarterly net sales and profit due to strong back-to-school sales.

The results had boosted shares of department store operators including J. C. Penney Co Inc (JCP: Quote), which reports third-quarter results on Friday.

Nordstrom did not specify a reason for disappointing results and cut in forecast.

But Carter Harrison, an analyst at research firm Conlumino, said "warmer weather during the quarter was extremely unhelpful to sales of fall and winter apparel".

Macy's on Wednesday cited warm weather, low spending by tourists and a pileup of unsold inventory for its lowered forecast.

A long spell of warm weather in September and October has hurt sales of cold weather apparel such as coats and jackets, hurting retailers.   Continued...