Macy's Inc. posted lower second-quarter profit Wednesday and warned that its full-year earnings would be below expectations.
Macy's earned $73 million, or 17 cents a share, in the quarter that ended Aug. 2, compared with $74 million, or 16 cents, a year earlier. Excluding two one-time items, Macy's earned 29 cents a share from continuing operations.
Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters had expected earnings of 19 cents a share on revenue of $5.75 billion.
Revenue fell 3% to $5.7 billion, while same-store sales, or sales at stores open at least a year, dropped 2.1%. Same-store sales are considered a key indicator of a retailer's health.
Macy's is in good inventory shape: Lower levels of marked-down summer goods hurt sales but resulted in better-than-expected gross profit margins for the quarter.