Gap shares are getting destroyed

Gap shares are getting smoked.

In pre-market trading on Friday, shares of the retailer were down as much as 7.8% after reporting September sales that disappointed.

Sales at Gap in September fell 1% during the five weeks ending October 3 to $US1.46 billion against $US1.48 billion for the same period last year.

Same-store sales at the company’s Gap stores were flat, while Banana Republic sales fell 10% and Old Navy sales rose 4%. Gap sales were expected to fall 6.2%, so those results were better than expected, but Banana Republic and Old Navy sales both missed expectations.

Company-wide same-store sales fell 1% against expectations for a 1.6% decline.

In a statement, Gap CFO Sabrina Simmons said, “While September proved challenging, our leadership teams remain focused on taking the necessary steps to improve performance.”

Overall it’s been a challenging year for the retailer, which had seen shares decline 31% year-to-date through the close of trading on Thursday.

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