Big Lots’ home department picking up in first quarter
April 23, 2009,
Columbus, Ohio – Big Lots is adjusting first-quarter expectations based on recently improved sales trends, which have been improving up to now and are expected to continue through the end of the period, which is May 2.
Home was singled out as among the “encouraging” merchandise categories, “where sales trends have improved” but comps still remain below last year’s levels.
The top performing categories so far in the first quarter have been consumables, furniture, and hard lines, with particular momentum in electronics. Toys have also been strong, resulting in sales trends above last year’s same period.
While the first quarter got off to a slow start in February, sales performance of seasonal merchandise, especially in the lawn and garden and summer departments, “accelerated and was above last year in March and to date in April,” the company added.