J.C. Penney announced negative comps for the first quarter of 2017 (ended April 29), although it singled out jewelry as a top-performing category.
“Home, Sephora, fine jewelry, and salon all comped positively, and were the Company’s top performing divisions during the quarter,” the company said in a statement.
The department store’s overall comps fell 3.5 percent for the quarter. Total sales equaled $2.7 billion, down from $2.8 billion last year. The company posted a $180 million loss for the quarter.
Yesterday, Macy’s also reported that comps fell in the first quarter, although its CEO pronounced himself “encouraged” by a fine jewelry pilot project.
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