Michael Kors tumbles after its sales forecast disappoints

Michael Kors is down 8% at $US33.38 a share after the company provided forward sales guidance that fell short of analyst estimates.

The company said first-quarter revenue will be $US910 million to $US930 million, trailing the consensus analyst forecast of $US944 million. The luxury fashion retailer also reported that fourth-quarter comparable sales slipped 13.6%, a bigger loss than the 12.3% contraction foreseen by analysts.

Michael Kors will also be closing between 100 and 125 of its full-price retail stores over the next two years, the company said in its earnings release. It estimates that the closures will save them about $US60 million annually.

“Fiscal 2017 was a challenging year, as we continued to operate in a difficult retail environment with elevated promotional levels,” chairman and CEO John D. Idol said in a statement. “In addition, our product and store experience did not sufficiently engage and excite consumers.”

The stock’s weakness is more bad news for the company, which saw shares fall to a more than five-year low earlier this month. Michael Kors has slipped 31% since hitting a three-month high on August 1.

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