J.C. Penney Same Store Sales Declined In Second Quarter

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Sales at established J.C. Penney stores faded again during its most recent quarter, capping a gloomy week for U.S. retailers.

J.C. Penney’s stock sunk below $4 Friday morning, an all-time low for the 115-year-old retailer.

Another quarter of falling same-store sales from J.C. Penney come a day after similar reports from Macy’s, Kohl’s and Dillard’s, as people increasingly avoid malls and shop online or at discount retailers. Nordstrom stood alone, reporting that its same-store sales rose in the most recent quarter, when it held its annual anniversary sale.

At established J.C. Penney stores, sales fell 1.3 percent during the second quarter. It was the fourth straight quarter of declines for the department store, and it was worse than the 1.2 percent drop that Wall Street analysts expected, according to financial analytics providers FactSet.

J.C. Penney said its results were hurt by the closing of about 130 stores during the quarter.

J.C. Penney, which has about 875 stores left, is making a number of moves to try to reverse its fortunes. The company, which started to sell appliances again last year, said it signed a new deal to sell Electrolux and Frigidaire products. Ellison said he wasn’t concerned about Amazon’s plans to sell Kenmore appliances on its site, a deal Sears announced last month.

— Associated Press

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— Associated Press

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— From news services

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