Pier 1 narrows losses in third quarter

Specialty retailer Pier 1 Imports greatly narrowed its losses in the third quarter to $9.96 million, an improvement over $72.72 million in losses in the same quarter last year.

Sales fell 7 percent to $374.2 million compared with $402.7 million in the same period last year.

Pier 1’s new president and CEO Alex Smith said the narrower losses resulted from a greater emphasis on sustainable margins and lower ticket impulse items in stores.

“We are pleased with our third-quarter margin results, which would have been higher had it not been for the clearance of our Pier 1 Kids merchandise,” Smith noted.

The retailer saw cost savings to the tune of $21.2 million on marketing expenses, $10.8 million in payroll savings and $5.4 million in savings on other general administrative costs.

Smith further said the retailer saw improvements in conversion rates and units per transaction, as well as in total transaction value.

“This is only the beginning; we still have a lot of work to do,” he said. “However, the fact that we achieved these results with less than perfect execution gives me great optimism about our ability to return to profitability and beyond.”

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