GAP INC. REPORTS AUGUST SALES UP 4 PERCENT; COMPARABLE STORE SALES DOWN 1 PERCENT
SAN FRANCISCO – September 6, 2007 – Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) today reported net sales of $1.20 billion for the four-week period ended September 1, 2007, which represents a 4 percent increase compared with net sales of $1.15 billion for the same period ended August 26, 2006. Due to the 53rd week in fiscal year 2006, August 2007 comparable store sales are compared to the four-week period ended September 2, 2006. On this basis, the company’s comparable store sales for August 2007 decreased 1 percent compared with a 7 percent decrease as reported in August 2006.
Comparable store sales by division for August 2007 were as follows:
• Gap North America: positive 2 percent versus negative 11 percent last year
• Banana Republic North America: positive 7 percent versus positive 2 percent last year
• Old Navy North America: negative 4 percent versus negative 8 percent last year
• International: negative 7 percent versus flat last year
“Although merchandise margins were below last year, we’re pleased with the progress we’re making across our brands,” said Sabrina Simmons, executive vice president of Gap Inc. finance.
Year-to-date net sales of $8.43 billion for the 30 weeks ended September 1, 2007, increased 2 percent compared with net sales of $8.30 billion for the 30 weeks ended August 26, 2006. Due to the 53rd week in fiscal year 2006, fiscal year 2007 year-to-date comparable store sales are compared to the 30 week period ended September 2, 2006. On this basis, the company’s year-to-date comparable store sales decreased 4 percent compared with a 7 percent decrease as reported in the prior year.
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The company will report September sales on October 11, 2007.
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Because these forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, there are important factors that could cause the company’s actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. These factors include, without limitation, the following: the risk that the company will be unsuccessful in gauging fashion trends and changing consumer preferences; the highly competitive nature of the company’s business in the U.S. and internationally and its dependence on consumer spending patterns, which are influenced by numerous other factors; the risk that the company will be unsuccessful in identifying and negotiating new store locations effectively; the risk that comparable store sales and margins will experience fluctuations; the risk that the company will be unsuccessful in implementing its strategic, operating and people initiatives; the risk that adverse changes in the company’s credit ratings may have a negative impact on its financing costs and structure in future periods; the risk that trade matters, events causing disruptions in product shipments from China and other foreign countries, or IT systems changes may disrupt the company’s supply chain or operations; and the risk that the company will not be successful in defending various proceedings, lawsuits, disputes, claims, and audits; any of which could impact net sales, costs and expenses, and/or planned strategies. Additional information regarding factors that could cause results to differ can be found in the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 3, 2007. Readers should also consult the company’s quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended May 5, 2007.
These forward-looking statements are based on information as of September 6, 2007, and the company assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise its forward-looking statements even if experience or future changes make it clear that any projected results expressed or implied therein will not be realized.
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