Target to cut Minnesota jobs while expanding in N.Y., California by Tom Webb at Twin Cities/Pioneer Press. “What will give Minnesota economic officials heartburn is seeing the chief strategy officer, Casey Carl, boast that corporate Target is “branching out to other places” to secure talent – then showing a slide that listed Target’s growing lineup of offices in California, New York and India, on the same day it said it would cut thousands of jobs from its hometown.”Read more
…Star Tribune’s Kavita Kumar and Colleagues Tweet During Target Investor ConferenceRead the Tweets
…”We did not anticipate that the cuts would be this high” by Kavita Kumar at Star Tribune. “Burt Flickinger III, managing director of Strategic Resource Group in New York, said the scope of the cuts was surprising. “With all the problems passed along from the prior management, we knew that the cuts would be high,” Flickinger said. “But we did not anticipate that the cuts would be this high.”Read more
…Brian Cornell: “The performance of City Targets has been nothing short of phenomenal” by Hadley Malcom at USA TodayRead more
Wal-Mart suppliers face tight talent capacity amid steady growth by Kim Souza at The City Wire. “Anywhere from 80 to 100 jobs remain unfilled at any given time, according to Cameron Smith, CEO of Cameron Smith & Associates of Rogers. Corporate recruiters on Cameron Smith’s team describe the talent pool as “tight” despite consolidation of teams resulting from mergers.”Read more
Home Depot gets $200M and tax breaks from Cobb County by Carla Caldwell at Atlanta Business Chronicle. “Home Depot said the money will be used to renovate the company’s Cumberland headquarters and to buy equipment for a building in Marietta that will become a new Home Depot IT center…Home Depot’s (Michael) LaFerle said 525 new jobs will be created at the new IT center.”Read more
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FAA proposes fining Home Depot for lighter fluid leak by Jim Hammerand & Carla Caldwell at Minn./St.Paul Business Journal. “The Federal Aviation Administration is proposing a civil penalty of $96,000 against The Home Depot Inc. for alleged hazardous materials violations.”Read more
How a 25-Year-Old Investor Spurred Lumber Liquidators’ Plunge by Matt Townsend at Bloomberg. “Xuhua Zhou, who had dropped out of UCLA’s doctoral program in finance and become an individual investor, took an interest in Lumber Liquidators about two years ago…“It’s pretty amazing what he did on his own,” said Tilson, head of Kase Capital Management, calling Zhou “the pioneer” of the Lumber Liquidators story.”Read more
…Short trader stands to make $3 million if the stock goes to zero by Michelle Celarier at NY Post. Read more
…Shares climbed 5 percent yesterday at Bloomberg. Read more
Target owed $1.9-billion from its own property firm by Marina Strauss at The Globe & Mail. “Suppliers, however, plan to fight the new claim at a court hearing on Thursday, noting it could dash their hopes to recover an estimated $400-million in the retailer’s wind-down process.”Read more
Look inside San Francisco’s new TargetExpress, set to open today by Annie Sciacca at San Francisco Business Times. Read more / See the pics
Best Buy plans to trim another $400M after cutting $1B, CEO says by Nick Halter at Minn./St.Paul Business Journal. “The savings Joly mentioned “are not related to headcount,” a Best Buy spokesman said.”Read more
Our consolidated omni-channel same-store sales increased 3.4% with increases in both ticket and traffic.
The trending in hunting improved significantly during 2014.Golf trend also showed a slight improvement from the spring of 2014.
Golf Galaxy was down 7.1% with Dick’s golf business slightly better.
The balance of our business excluding hunting and golf was up 6% for the quarter.
We expect to deliver 2015 full year consolidated comp growth of 1% to 3%.
We still feel good about the number (goal) of 800 stores.
There is no real other big initiative or other brands that we’re launching outside of (CALIA from) Carrie Underwood. And what we’re doing with that space is we’re just re-configuring some space and it would be coming out of primarily Adidas and Rebook.
Footwear business: basketball is trending better than running.
Andre Hawaux, CFO
In 2014 we…opened 45 net new Dick stores and end of the year with 603 Dick’s stores in 46 states.
Growth of our e-commerce business: approximately 28% over $625 million in sales in 2014.
In the first quarter of 2015 we plan to launched golfgalaxy.com on our new platform as we prepare to bring the dick’s.com e-commerce site in house in January of 2017.
The 3.8% consolidated increase in the Dick’s business was driven by a 3% increase in traffic and by 0.8% increase in sales per transaction.
In 2015, we expect to open up approximately 45 new Dick stores relocate 9 Dick stores and relocate one Golf Galaxy store.
Expect to open 9 new Field & Stream stores this year.
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