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Nordstrom Q2 2017 results: net sales up 3.5 percent and comparable sales up 1.7 percent

Results Reflected Positive Anniversary Sale, Inventory and Expense Execution

SEATTLE, 2017-Aug-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE: JWN) today (Aug. 10, 2017) reported earnings per diluted share for the second quarter ended July 29, 2017 was $0.65, which achieved Company expectations.

Total Company net sales increased 3.5 percent and comparable sales increased 1.7 percent, compared with the same quarter last year. The Company’s Anniversary Sale, historically its largest event of the year, performed better than recent trends. Nordstrom continued its progress in executing its customer strategy while maintaining discipline around inventory and expenses:

  • As a result of the Company’s ongoing efforts to provide newness and limited-distribution product to customers, Nordstrom proprietary labels represented three of the top five selling brands during the Anniversary Sale.
  • In executing its digital strategy, the Company delivered online sales growth of 20 percent at, reflecting its largest volume day in company history, and 27 percent at
  • The Nordstrom Rewards loyalty program continues to play an important role in reaching new customers and strengthening existing customer relationships. The Company has 9.4 million active Rewards customers in the U.S. and Canada, up approximately 50 percent, from 6.2 million a year ago. Sales from Nordstrom Rewards customers represented 56 percent of second quarter sales, compared with 48 percent a year ago.


  • Second quarter net earnings were $110 million and earnings before interest and taxes (“EBIT”) were $217 million, or 5.8 percent of net sales, compared with net earnings of $117 million and EBIT of $221 million, or 6.1 percent of net sales, during the same period in fiscal 2016.
    • Retail EBIT decreased $27 million compared with the same quarter last year, primarily reflecting planned technology, occupancy and supply chain expenses supporting the Company’s growth initiatives.
    • Credit EBIT increased $23 million through the strategic partnership with TD Bank. Credit card revenues increased 30 percent, which included a reduction in amortization expenses of $5 million related to the sale of the credit card portfolio in October 2015.
  • Total Company net sales of $3.7 billion for the second quarter increased 3.5 percent compared with net sales of $3.6 billion during the same period in fiscal 2016. Total Company comparable sales for the second quarter increased 1.7 percent compared with the same quarter last year.
    • In the Nordstrom brand, including U.S. and Canada full-line stores and, net sales when combined with Trunk Club, increased 2.4 percent and comparable sales increased 1.4 percent. The top-performing merchandise categories were Women’s Apparel and Beauty. The East was the top-ranking U.S. geographic region.
    • In the Nordstrom Rack brand, which consists of Nordstrom Rack stores and, net sales increased 9.8 percent and comparable sales increased 3.1 percent. The East was the top-ranking geographic region.
  • Retail gross profit, as a percentage of net sales, of 34.1 percent decreased 25 basis points compared with the same period in fiscal 2016. This primarily reflected higher occupancy expenses related to new store growth for Nordstrom Rack and Canada in addition to higher loyalty expenses during the Anniversary Sale. This was partially offset by improved merchandise margins, reflecting the continued strength in regular price selling. Net sales growth of 3.5 percent exceeded inventory growth of 2.2 percent.
  • Selling, general and administrative expenses, as a percentage of net sales, of 30.3 percent increased 46 basis points compared with the same period in fiscal 2016, reflected planned technology and supply chain expenses associated with the Company’s growth initiatives.
  • Return on invested capital (“ROIC”) for the 12 fiscal months ended July 29, 2017 was 8.9 percent compared with 9.1 percent in the prior 12-month period. Results for the current period were negatively impacted by approximately 310 basis points due to the Trunk Club non-cash goodwill impairment charge in the third quarter of 2016. A reconciliation of this non-GAAP financial measure to the closest GAAP measure is included below.


The Company’s senior management will host a conference call to discuss second quarter 2017 results and fiscal 2017 outlook at 4:45 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time today. To listen to the live call online and view the conference call slides and the speakers’ prepared remarks, visit the Investor Relations section of the Company’s corporate website at An archived webcast with the speakers’ prepared remarks and the conference call slides will be available in the Quarterly Earnings section for at least one year. Interested parties may also dial 201-689-8354. A telephone replay will be available beginning approximately three hours after the conclusion of the call by dialing 877-660-6853 or 201-612-7415 and entering Conference ID 13667039, until the close of business on August 17, 2017.


Nordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion specialty retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 354 stores in 40 states, including 122 full-line stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico; 221 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; and two clearance stores. Additionally, customers are served online through, and HauteLook. The Company also owns Trunk Club, a personalized clothing service serving customers online at and its seven clubhouses. Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN.

Certain statements in this news release contain or may suggest “forward-looking” information (as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) that involve risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, anticipated financial outlook for the fiscal year ending February 3, 2018, anticipated annual total and comparable sales rates, anticipated new store openings in existing, new and international markets, anticipated Return on Invested Capital and trends in our operations. Such statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of the Company’s management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual future results may differ materially from historical results or current expectations depending upon factors including, but not limited to: the effect of the announcement of the exploration of a possible “going private transaction” by the Nordstrom family on our relationships with our customers, suppliers and partners, operating results and business generally; successful execution of our customer strategy, including expansion into new domestic and international markets, acquisitions, investments in our stores and online, as well as investments in technology, our ability to realize the anticipated benefits from growth initiatives and our ability to provide a seamless experience across all channels; timely and effective execution of our ecommerce initiatives and ability to manage the costs and organizational changes associated with this evolving business model; timely completion of construction associated with newly planned stores, relocations and remodels, all of which may be impacted by the financial health of third parties; our ability to maintain relationships with and motivate our employees and to effectively attract, develop and retain our future leaders, which could be impacted by the uncertainty about the possibility of a “going private transaction;” effective inventory management processes and systems, fulfillment processes and systems, disruptions in our supply chain and our ability to control costs; the impact of any systems or network failures, cybersecurity and/or security breaches, including any security breach of our systems or those of a third-party provider that results in the theft, transfer or unauthorized disclosure of customer, employee or Company information or compliance with information security and privacy laws and regulations in the event of such an incident; successful execution of our information technology strategy; our ability to effectively utilize data in strategic planning and decision making; efficient and proper allocation of our capital resources; our ability to realize the expected benefits, respond to potential risks and appropriately manage costs associated with our program agreement with TD Bank, N.A.; our ability to safeguard our reputation and maintain our vendor relationships; our ability to respond to the business and retail environment, fashion trends and consumer preferences, including changing expectations of service and experience in stores and online, and evolve our business model; the effectiveness of planned advertising, marketing and promotional campaigns in the highly competitive and promotional retail industry; the timing, price, manner and amounts of share repurchases by the Company, if any, or any share issuances by the Company, including issuances associated with option exercises or other matters; the impact of economic and market conditions and the resultant impact on consumer spending patterns; the impact of economic or political conditions in the U.S. and countries where our third party vendors operate; weather conditions, natural disasters, health hazards, national security or other market disruptions, or the prospects of these events and the resulting impact on consumer spending patterns or information technology systems and communications; our compliance with applicable domestic and international laws, regulations and ethical standards, including those related to banking, employment and tax and the outcome of claims and litigation and resolution of such matters; the impact of the current regulatory environment and financial system and health care reforms; and compliance with debt covenants, availability and cost of credit, changes in our credit rating, changes in interest rates, debt repayment patterns and personal bankruptcies. Our SEC reports, including our Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 28, 2017, contain other information on these and other factors that could affect our financial results and cause actual results to differ materially from any forward-looking information we may provide. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events, new information or future circumstances.

Trina Schurman

Gigi Ganatra Duff

Source: Nordstrom, Inc.

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