Clearance Racks Help June Retail Sales
Retailers’ sales continued to heat up in June amid improving weather and discounting as chains looked to clear out spring merchandise and prepare for the back-to-school season. One standout was Gap, which continued to record strong sales. Its same-store sales growth of 7 percent handily topped expectations. Gap stores posted a 5 percent rise when 6.3 percent growth was expected, while Banana Republic's same-store sales declined 1 percent, compared with expectations for 0.7 percent growth. Old Navy recorded 13 percent growth, well ahead of expectations for 5.4 percent growth.