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Kohl's posts smaller-than-expected loss, shares rise

Kohl's posts smaller-than-expected loss, shares rise

FILE PHOTO: The sign outside a Kohl's store is seen in Broomfield, Colorado February 27, 2014. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

REUTERS: Kohl's Corp posted a smaller-than-expected quarterly loss on Tuesday, as the department-store chain reopened most of its stores that were shuttered for weeks to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Shares of the company, which have more than halved in value this year, rose over 3per cent before the bell.

Kohl's, like several peers, has seen its online sales increase following the lockdowns, helped by its introduction of curbside pick-up option, partnership with Snapchat and promotion of educational toys and virtual learning tools on its website.

Wall Street also expects Kohl's to outperform its peers, as only about 5per cent of the company's stores are located in malls, which have seen traffic plummet much more due to the pandemic compared to strip-malls, where most of the chain's stores are located.

Kohl's net income narrowed to US$47 million, or 30 cents per share, from US$241 million, or US$1.51 per share, a year earlier.

Excluding one-time items, Kohl's earned 25 cents per share, compared with Wall Street estimates of a loss of 83 cents per share.

Net sales fell to US$3.21 billion from US$4.17 billion in the second quarter ended Aug. 1, beating market expectations of US$3.09 billion, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.

(Reporting by Praveen Paramasivam in Bengaluru; Editing by Vinay Dwivedi)

Source: Reuters

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