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Earnings Results: Nordstrom stock drops after retailer swings to loss and sales miss the mark

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Shares of Nordstrom Inc. dropped more than 3% in after-hours trading Tuesday after the retailer swung to a surprise quarterly loss and joined other stores in reporting lower sales, saying it was “right-sizing” its inventory.

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said it lost $20 million, or 13 cents a share, in the third quarter, swinging from a profit of $40 million, or 39 cents a share, in the year-ago period.

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Adjusted for one-time items, including what the company called “supply-chain impairments,” Nordstrom earned 20 cents a share.

Sales fell 2.9% to $3.43 billion.

Analysts polled by FactSet were looking for GAAP per-share earnings of 11 cents and adjusted earnings of 15 cents a share on sales of $3.49 billion.

“We are right-sizing our inventory levels and mix, and are on track to end 2022 in a healthy and current position,” President Pete Nordstrom said in a statement.

Chief Executive Erik Nordstrom touched upon a trend, following other retailers’ recent reports: “When customer demand decelerated in late June, we took action to align inventory and expenses with the changing trends,” he said.

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Nordstrom is focusing on “remaining agile” to respond to customers’ changing needs, Pete Nordstrom said.

Nordstrom reaffirmed its fiscal 2022 guidance of revenue growth between 5% and 7%, and adjusted EPS between $2.30 and $2.60. Nordstrom dialed down its guidance for the year when it reported second-quarter earnings in August.

Shares of Nordstrom have eked out a gain for the year so far, up 0.1%, contrasting with losses of around 17% for the S&P 500 index
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