$ARO (Aéropostale, Inc.)

$ARO {{ '2016-05-04T14:28:40+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

Teen retailer $ARO said it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.The Company said it intends to emerge from the Chapter 11 process within the next six months as a standalone enterprise with a smaller store base, increased operating efficiencies and reduced SG&A expenses.

$HBI {{ '2017-07-25T22:04:52+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$HBI declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.15 per share payable Sept. 6, 2017, to stockholders of record on Aug. 15, 2017.

$GWW {{ '2017-07-25T21:44:58+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$GWW has appointed Beatriz R. Perez, SVP & Chief Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability Officer of $KO, to its Board of Directors.

$TWX {{ '2017-07-25T21:35:00+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

In the midst of still expecting the pending acquisition of $TWX to close by year-end, $T reported a rise in 2Q17 earnings driven by lower operating expenses. Net income rose to $3.9Bil or $0.63 per share from $3.4Bil or $0.55 per share last year. Revenue slid 1.7% to $39.8Bil on declines in legacy wireline services and consumer mobility.

$MCD {{ '2017-07-25T16:40:13+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

$MCD commented that the $AMZN-$WFM deal announcement demonstrates the disruptive and fast-paced nature of the business world. $MCD continues to challenge itself and is committed to remain competitive on value. $MCD believes deliveries are a good example of how the industry is responding to rapidly-changing consumer expectations.

$VFC {{ '2017-07-24T15:08:08+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

In 2Q17, $VFC's largest and fastest growing brand Vans posted a 9% revenue growth globally, with 7% growth in Americas, 5% growth in Europe and 29% growth in Asia. From a channel perspective, direct-to-consumer increased more than 25% with 45% growth in digital business.

$VFC {{ '2017-07-24T15:06:45+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

$VFC's international business grew 6% YoY in 2Q17, including 18% growth in China. US business, on the other hand, had a modest growth of 1%. The company's direct-to-consumer channel grew 14% in the quarter, with digital business increasing more than 35%.

$VFC {{ '2017-07-24T14:09:35+0000' | timeago}} • Infographic

$VFC V.F. Corporation Earnings AlphaGraphic: Q2 2017 Highlights

$VFC {{ '2017-07-24T13:27:38+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$VFC expects to return more than $1.8Bil to shareholders in 2017 through share repurchases and dividends, up from the prior outlook of $1.6Bil. The company has repurchased $760MM shares in 2Q17, and approx. $1.2Bil thus far in 2017.

$VFC {{ '2017-07-24T13:23:53+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

For FY17, $VFC sees revenue of $11.65Bil, up 2% YoY. EPS is now expected to be $2.94, down 1%. The company previously guided EPS in the range of $2.89 to $2.94.

$VFC {{ '2017-07-24T13:18:58+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$VFC reported YoY earnings growth of 115% in 2Q17 to $109.9MM, or $0.27 per share, mainly due to the higher loss from its discontinued operations in the year ago quarter. On continuing operations basis, the company's earnings fell 16% YoY. Revenue of the Greensboro apparel marketer grew 2% to $2.3Bil.

$VFC {{ '2017-07-24T13:18:57+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

Completing a planned leadership succession, Eric Wiseman will retire as Executive Chairman of the Board and Director of $VFC effective Oct. 28, 2017. President, CEO and Director Steven Rendle will replace Wiseman as Chairman. The succession plan began with the promotion of Rendle to President and COO in June 2015, and CEO in January this year.

$MAT {{ '2017-07-24T10:55:42+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$MAT announced the opening of its newest distribution center in Jonestown, Pennsylvania. $R will operate and staff the 1,000,200-square-foot facility. The distribution center is now fully operational, and up to 400 jobs will be generated in Lebanon County during peak season.

$MSFT {{ '2017-07-21T14:22:52+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

$MSFT said the large markets like the US, Germany and Japan performed better than its expectations in 4Q17. To compete with its competitors $GOOGL and $AMZN, Microsoft invested about $3.3Bil in CapEx, which includes the capital leases. This was up sequentially partly due to the deferral of planned datacenter spending from 3Q17 to 4Q17.

$GWW {{ '2017-07-19T19:32:05+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

In the US segment, $GWW said it expects volume growth of 6-8% in the back half of the year, based on price changes. The company, meanwhile, did not give a month-wise update on volume growth.

$GWW {{ '2017-07-19T18:59:11+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

$GWW said its mid-size customer volume continued to accelerate throughout 2Q17 and was positive for the first time in five years during the quarter. The company added that currently, about 50% of the mid-size customer volume is on more competitive pricing.

$GWW {{ '2017-07-19T14:00:08+0000' | timeago}} • Infographic

$GWW W.W. Grainger, Inc. Earnings AlphaGraphic: Q2 2017 Highlights

$GWW {{ '2017-07-19T12:44:44+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$GWW's sales for the US segment were up 1% YoY in 2Q17, driven by a 5 percentage point increase from volume. Canada segment sales fell 3% in US dollars, while sales for the Other Businesses increased 11% during this period.

$GWW {{ '2017-07-19T12:41:24+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

In the US segment, $GWW's gains from the sale of assets in 2Q17 were offset by restructuring costs. The Canadian business announced plans to close 59 branches in 2017 as part of restructuring. $GWW also announced the wind-down of its business in Colombia. Restructuring items represented $1.07 per share in charges.  Excluding them, EPS decreased 5%.

$GWW {{ '2017-07-19T12:37:57+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$GWW CFO Ron Jadin announced that he will be retiring at 2017-end. Jadin joined Grainger in 1998 and has served in various financial roles including as CFO since 2008.

$GWW {{ '2017-07-19T12:34:09+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

Despite a drastic fall in earnings in 2Q17, $GWW reiterated its 2017 sales and EPS guidance of sales growth of 1-4% and adjusted EPS of $10-11.30. CEO DG Macpherson said, "Outside the US, we took aggressive action to streamline our portfolio and focus on profitable businesses. Based on what we are seeing, we are reiterating our 2017 guidance."

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