J.C. Penny – The Weak Sister In Retail Family

JCPenney in Frisco, TX
JCPenney in Frisco, TX (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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J.C. Penney was taking it on the chin Thursday after reporting weak Q4 results, with CEO Ron Johnson admitting the company had made big mistakes in its turnaround effort.

The retailer posted a loss of $2.51 per share, much wider than the $0.24 loss that analysts had expected while same store sales sunk by 31.7%. Internet sales, which have been rapidly increasing across the industry, fell by 34.4% at JCP. Revenue fell 28.4% to $3.8 billion. Johnson said that in his quest to “be the favorite store for everyone:, the retailer had made some errors, including marketing issues and an assessment that customers want simple pricing without constant sales.

He commented, “I had a personal conviction to deliver everyday value beginning with truth on the price tag. We worked really hard and tried many things to make the customer understand that she could shop anytime on her terms. But we learned she prefers a sale, at times she loves a coupon and always, she needs a reference price.”

Going forward, the company will be running sales, as opposed to “everyday low pricing” and will begin to offer some coupons.