Earnings Results: Gap narrows its quarterly loss, stock jumps 12%

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Shares of Gap Inc. skyrocketed more than 12% in the aftermarket Thursday after the retailer took Wall Street by surprise, narrowing its GAAP loss and earning a penny a share on an adjusted basis in its first quarter.


lost $18 million, or 5 cents a share, in the first quarter, compared with a loss of $162 million, or 44 cents a share, in the year-ago quarter. Adjusted for one-time items, the company earned 1 cent a share.

Sales fell 6% to $3.28 billion, in line with company’s expectations for a mid-single-digit decline in the quarter. Same-store sales were down 3%.

Analysts polled by FactSet expected Gap to report a loss of 16 cents a share on sales of $3.28 billion.

Gap continues to take “necessary actions” to turn around its business, interim CEO Bob Martin said in a statement.

“While the macro and consumer environment remain uncertain, (first quarter)
underscores our ability to deliver improvements to the business including share gains at Old Navy and Gap brand,” he said.

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