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Retail: Who's Growing And Who Isn't?


The graphs below were produced by Capital Market Labs.

Revenue growth in retail can be driven by new store openings or improvements in performance at existing stores. Let’s look at the retail landscape to see which companies are excelling in these areas.

First, the number of new store openings will be displayed. Companies that have opened new stores at a growth rate of 5 percent or higher are shown in green.


Finish Line Inc (NASDAQ: FINL) is the leader in terms of the rate of store openings; it opened 212 new stores versus an existing store count of 675, for a growth rate of over 30 percent.

Other star performers are Francesca's Holdings Corp (NASDAQ: FRAN) at 29.7 percent, Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. (NASDAQ: ULTA) at 23 percent and Five Below Inc (NASDAQ: FIVE) at 25.4 percent.

Now, let’s look at which companies are shuttering stores. The companies that closed more than 5 percent of their stores are in red.


Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc (NYSE: BBW) leads the way in this category with 11.8 percent of stores closed. Not far behind is Destination Maternity Corp (NASDAQ: DEST) at 9.8 percent.

Finally, let’s look at same store sales growth versus total revenue growth.

Highlighted in green are the companies that are not only growing total revenue, but are also seeing increases in same-store sales. Some outperformers in this area include Restoration Hardware Holdings Inc (NYSE: RH), with 31 percent same-store sales growth and 19 percent total revenue growth, and CONN'S, Inc. (NASDAQ: CONN), with 31 percent total revenue growth and 26.5 percent same-store sales growth.

In red are the companies seeing declines in same-store sales, along with falling total revenue. Aeropostale Inc (NYSE: ARO), with a 13.7 percent decline in total revenue and a 15 percent drop in same-store sales leads the way here, along with Coach Inc (NYSE: COH), which posted a 7.3 percent decline in total revenue and a 15 percent drop in same-store sales.


Tom White can be found on Twitter @tbwhite67.

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