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L Brands Reports Record December 2015 Sales

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COLUMBUS, Ohio, Jan. 07, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- L Brands, Inc. (NYSE: LB) reported net sales of $2.415 billion for the five weeks ended Jan. 2, 2016, an increase of 9 percent, compared to net sales of $2.207 billion for the five weeks ended Jan. 3, 2015.  Comparable store sales increased 8 percent for the five weeks ended Jan. 2, 2016.

Leslie H. Wexner, chairman and CEO, commented, "We delivered our best December ever.  Victoria's Secret, PINK and Bath & Body Works are great brands with high emotional content, and our teams worked hard to deliver exceptional merchandise and experiences to our customers.  We remain focused on execution and transitioning to spring with continued momentum."

The company reported net sales of $11.343 billion for the 48 weeks ended Jan. 2, 2016, an increase of 6 percent compared to net sales of $10.671 billion for the 48 weeks ended Jan. 3, 2015.  Comparable store sales increased 6 percent for the 48 weeks ended Jan. 2, 2016.

To hear further commentary provided on L Brands' prerecorded December sales message, call 1-866-639-7583 or log onto www.LB.com for an audio replay.

ABOUT L BRANDS:

L Brands, through Victoria's Secret, PINK, Bath & Body Works, La Senza and Henri Bendel, is an international company.  The company operates 3,010 company-owned specialty stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, and its brands are sold in more than 700 additional noncompany-owned locations worldwide.  The company's products are also available online at www.VictoriasSecret.com, www.BathandBodyWorks.com, www.HenriBendel.com and www.LaSenza.com.

Safe Harbor Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

L Brands, Inc. cautions that any forward-looking statements (as such term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) contained in this press release or the December sales call involve risks and uncertainties and are subject to change based on various factors, many of which are beyond our control. Accordingly, our future performance and financial results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in any such forward-looking statements. Words such as "estimate," "project," "plan," "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "intend," "planned," "potential" and any similar expressions may identify forward-looking statements. Risks associated with the following factors, among others, in some cases have affected and in the future could affect our financial performance and actual results and could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements included in this press release or the December sales call:

  • general economic conditions, consumer confidence, consumer spending patterns and market disruptions including severe weather conditions, natural disasters, health hazards, terrorist activities, financial crises, political crises or other major events, or the prospect of these events;
  • the seasonality of our business;
  • the dependence on a high volume of mall traffic and the availability of suitable store locations on appropriate terms;
  • our ability to grow through new store openings and existing store remodels and expansions;
  • our ability to successfully expand into global markets and related risks;
  • our relationships with independent franchise, license and wholesale partners;
  • our direct channel businesses;
  • our failure to protect our reputation and our brand images;
  • our failure to protect our trade names, trademarks and patents;
  • the highly competitive nature of the retail industry generally and the segments in which we operate particularly;
  • consumer acceptance of our products and our ability to keep up with fashion trends, develop new merchandise and launch new product lines successfully;
  • our ability to source, distribute and sell goods and materials on a global basis, including risks related to:
    • political instability;
    • duties, taxes and other charges;
    • legal and regulatory matters;
    • volatility in currency exchange rates;
    • local business practices and political issues;
    • potential delays or disruptions in shipping and transportation and related pricing impacts;
    • disruption due to labor disputes; and
    • changing expectations regarding product safety due to new legislation;
  • fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates;
  • stock price volatility;
  • our failure to maintain our credit rating;
  • our ability to service or refinance our debt;
  • our ability to retain key personnel;
  • our ability to attract, develop and retain qualified employees and manage labor-related costs;
  • the inability of our manufacturers to deliver products in a timely manner and meet quality standards;
  • fluctuations in product input costs;
  • fluctuations in energy costs;
  • increases in the costs of mailing, paper and printing;
  • claims arising from our self-insurance;
  • our ability to implement and maintain information technology systems and to protect associated data;
  • our failure to maintain the security of customer, associate, supplier or company information;
  • our failure to comply with regulatory requirements;
  • tax matters; and
  • legal and compliance matters.

We are not under any obligation and do not intend to make publicly available any update or other revisions to any of the forward-looking statements contained in this press release or the December sales call to reflect circumstances existing after the date of this press release or the December sales call or to reflect the occurrence of future events even if experience or future events make it clear that any expected results expressed or implied by those forward-looking statements will not be realized. Additional information regarding these and other factors can be found in Item 1A. Risk Factors in our 2014 Annual Report on Form 10-K.

 

L BRANDS
DECEMBER 2015

 

Comparable Store Sales Increase (Decrease):

 December Year-to-Date
  2015 
  2014 
  2015 
  2014 
        
Victoria's Secret1 8%  3%  6%  3%
Bath & Body Works1 6%  5%  6%  5%
L Brands 8%  4%  6%  4%
Victoria's Secret        
Direct Sales 14% (1%) 2% 0%


1
– Results include company-owned stores in the United States and Canada.


 

Total Company-Owned Stores:

 

  Stores 

 
Stores
  OperatingOperating
  at 1/31/15Opened  Closedat 1/2/16
      
Victoria's Secret U.S. 98312 (3)992
PINK U.S. 11515 (3)127
Victoria's Secret Canada 316 - 37
PINK Canada 10- (1)9
  Total Victoria's Secret 1,13933 (7)1,165
      
Bath & Body Works U.S. 1,55821 (4)1,575
Bath & Body Works Canada  8810 - 98
  Total Bath & Body Works 1,64631 (4)1,673
      
Victoria's Secret U.K. 83 - 11
PINK U.K. 2- - 2
Henri Bendel 29- - 29
La Senza Canada 1451 (16)130
Total L Brands Stores 2,96968 (27)3,010

 

 

For further information, please contact: L Brands: Investor Relations Amie Preston (614) 415-6704 apreston@lb.com Media Relations Tammy Roberts Myers (614) 415-7072 communications@lb.com

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