Gap, which also operates the Old Navy and Banana
Republic chains in addition to its eponymous stores, expects a
profit of $2.90 to $2.95 per share this fiscal year, below
analyst forecasts for $3.02, according to Thomson Reuters
The company said weaker foreign currencies would cut about 5
percentage points from its earnings per share growth rate.
For the fourth quarter, which included the key holiday season,
Gap reported a profit of $307 million, or 68 cents per share,
two cents better than expected. In the same quarter last year,
Gap's profit was $351 million, or 73 cents.
Analysts, on average, had expected a quarterly profit of 66
cents per share.
Gap was one of few retailers to report a rise in comparable
sales in January, when cold weather and low confidence led U.S.
consumers to curb spending. As previously reported, Gap's
comparable sales, consisting of e-commerce and sales at stores
open at least a year, rose 1 percent last month.
Gap also said it was opening its first five Old Navy stores in
China this fiscal year.
(Reporting by Phil Wahba in New
York; Editing by Nick Zieminski)
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