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Check Out Line: Even Neiman Marcus feels the pinch

June 4, 2008

bergdorf.jpgCheck Out lower quarterly results at Neiman Marcus — the latest in a string of results proving that high-end stores are running into the same trouble as their lower-tier peers.  

The company, known for its namesake and Bergdorf Goodman stores, said on Wednesday that quarterly sales fell almost 1 percent to $1.06 billion, while net profit fell nearly 7 percent to $55.4 million.

Less than a month ago, upscale department store operator Nordstrom reported lower profit and sales, citing a challenging retail environment — a sign that luxury retail, considered more insulated from economic volatility, may not be fully immune, as rich but increasingly wary consumers witness skyrocketing gasoline and food prices, and plummeting homes values.

Even Saks reported a lower-than-expected profit last month, as markdowns hurt gross margins.

Also in the basket:

Smucker to buy Folgers from P&G for $3 billion

Williams-Sonoma posts lower quarterly profit

Corporate Express to open books for Staples bid: paper

U.S. retailers expected to post scant May sales

More U.S. retailers victims of organized crime – survey

Kingfisher aims to revive B&Q in tough markets

(Photo: Reuters)

(Note: Neiman Marcus results links to release on Business Wire)

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