Macy’s swung to a loss and saw its sales drop 22% but drop in its third quarter profits as the department store chain continues to struggle to attract shoppers in a pandemic
NEW YORK — Macy’s swung to a loss and sales tumbled 22% as the department store chain struggles to bring shoppers back in a pandemic.
But the quarterly results Macy’s reported Thursday are better than most had expected because it was able to get its customers thinking about holiday shopping early.
Macy’s had a loss of $91 million, or 29 cents per share in the quarter ended Oct. 31. That compares with a profit of $2 million, or a penny per share in the year ago period. Sales fell to $3.99 billion in the quarter compared with $5.17 billion in the year ago period. Analysts were expecting a loss of 83 cents on sales of $3.91 billion.
In June, Macy’s laid off 3,900 people corporate staffers, roughly 3% of its overall workforce, as the pandemic takes a financial toll on the iconic department store chain’s sales and profits.