5/27/11

The web heads up, but not stores for The Children’s Place

E-commerce in Q1 grew 24%, but same-store sales slipped 3.2%.

Mark Brohan , Research Director

It was a tale of two different channels for The Children’s Place Retail Stores Inc. in the first quarter. While store sales fell, the growth online was impressive.

For the first quarter ended April 30, The Children’s Place, No. 127 in the Internet Retailer Top 500 Guide, reported:

Internet Retailer calculates the web accounted for 9.4% of total sales compared with 7.7% in the first quarter of fiscal 2011.

“We grew net sales and earnings during the first quarter, and expanded merchandise margins as a result of improved merchandise assortments and disciplined inventory management,” says CEO Jane Elfers. “E-commerce sales grew 24% and square footage expanded by 6% as we accelerated new store openings earlier in the year.”

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children's apparel, Jane Elfers, Q1 2011 earnings, Q1 2011 financials, retail chain earnings, The Children’s Place, Top 500

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