U.S. Retailers Missing Estimates by Most in 13 Years
Bloomberg reports this morning that “U.S. retailers’ first-quarter earnings are trailing analysts’ estimates by the widest margin in 13 years after bad weather and weak spending by lower-income consumers intensified competition. Chains are missing projections by an average of 3.1 percent, with 87 retailers, or 70 percent of those tracked, having reported.” This is the worst performance relative to estimates since the fourth quarter of 2000.
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