Gap (NYSE:GPS) said today it has opened the first Banana Republic store in Russia, through its franchise channel. The clothing retailer said it will open its first Gap store in Serbia tomorrow, representing its 200th franchise store globally.
Gapís international chief said the announcement is a significant landmark in its goal of growing its franchise store base to 400 by 2014.
Gap is focused on growing its share of the $1.4 trillion global apparel market, it said. The company has expanded its franchise store base in 27 countries throughout Asia, Europe, Latin American, the Middle East, Australia and Africa, over the last five years. It plans to open stores in Chile, Vietnam and Morocco before fiscal 2011 is over.
Gap shares are trading lower by 1% on Thursday, while rival Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE:ANF) is trading lower by 0.6%.
Late yesterday, Menís Wearhouse (NYSE:MW) posted fiscal second quarter earnings of $57.1 million, or $1.09 per share, compared to $43 million, or $0.81 per share, last year. Adjusted earnings of $1.11 per share beat analyst forecasts, as did a 22% increase in revenue, to $655.5 million. The company said it sees full-year adjusted earnings of $2.13 to $2.20 per share, largely ahead of analyst expectations.
Menís Wearhouse shares are trading sharply lower on Thursday, despite the results.
Rival JoS. A. Bank Clothiers (NASDAQ:JOSB) said today it has joined the Alfred Angelo vendor partnership program, and it will be a tuxedo retailer and rental vendor in 53 Alfred Angelo stores in the United States. In turn, Alfred Angelo will be the exclusive wedding gown partner for JoS. A. Bank. The program also includes partnering on bridal shows and in various media.
JoS. A. Bank shares are trading lower by 0.5% on Thursday.
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