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Foot Locker touts renewed Nike relationship, posts earnings

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Foot Locker CEO Mary Dillon on Monday touted a “renewed” and revitalized relationship with Nike, together with an emphasis on what she referred to as “sneaker tradition.”

Shares of Foot Locker rose about 4%. The sneaker and athletic-apparel retailer additionally reported quarterly earnings Monday morning. 

In the course of the vacation quarter, which ended Jan. 28, Foot Locker posted just below $2.34 billion in gross sales, barely decrease than a yr earlier. Its revenue for the interval got here in at $19 million, or 20 cents a share, in contrast with $103 million, or $1.02 a share, a yr earlier. Excluding gadgets, earnings per share have been 97 cents, down from $1.46.

For the present fiscal yr, which can embrace an additional week, Foot Locker expects gross sales and comparable gross sales to be down 3.5% to five.5%, with adjusted earnings per share of $3.35 to $3.65.

Since Dillon took over as chief government of Foot Locker in September, she’s spent a “nice deal of time with Nike revitalizing our partnership” after Nike moved away from wholesale channels to concentrate on constructing out direct to shopper gross sales. 

“In fact, Nike is our largest model accomplice and the chief within the trade. From day one I have been welcomed to the trade by John and Heidi and their workforce,” Dillon mentioned of Nike CEO John Donahoe and Heidi O’Neill, its president of shopper and market.

Dillon, the previous chief government of Ulta, mentioned Foot Locker and Nike have “re-established joint planning, in addition to knowledge and perception sharing.” 

“The fruits of our renewed dedication to 1 one other will start to indicate up in vacation this yr as we construct rising momentum to 2024 and the fiftieth anniversary of Foot Locker,” Dillon mentioned. 

For the previous a number of years, Nike has been working to develop its direct to shopper enterprise and with it, minimize partnerships with quite a few wholesale accounts so it might develop its e-commerce channels and open new shops. 

Nonetheless, like different retailers, Nike was caught with a glut of stock introduced on by pandemic-related provide chain challenges over the previous couple of quarters and relied on these wholesale companions to maneuver that product out. 

Throughout its fiscal-second quarter that ended Nov. 30, wholesale income was up 19% for the quarter after it’d been successfully flat over the earlier a number of quarters. 

In January, when requested about Nike’s direct to shopper plans throughout an interview with CNBC, Donahoe spoke concerning the significance of an omnichannel mannequin.

“Our strategic wholesale companions, companions like Dick’s Sporting Items or Foot Locker or JD are very, crucial as a result of customers need to have the ability to strive on merchandise, they need to have the ability to contact and really feel,” Donahoe mentioned. “And so we have invested in strengthening these strategic relationships.”