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Holiday Sales - Department Stores Largely Winners

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Holiday Sales - Department Stores Largely Winners08:45 EST Wednesday, January 16, 2013LONDON, January 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --StockCall analytical team completed technical and charting analysis after yesterday's close on companies in this release. Sign up now to download those reports for free:http://www.stockcall.com/register      Many of the major players in the department stores industry posted improved year-over-year December sales figures, as an improving economy and lower unemployment levels helped to offset "fiscal cliff" fears. Discounts late in the month for Kohl's Corporation[(1)] (NYSE:KSS) were a concern however.According to the National Retail Federation, December retail sales excluding restaurants, gas stations and automobiles improved by 2.1% when compared to the same period last year. Several stores also reported improved year-over-year same store sales, which bodes well for the industry moving forward. Lower prices at the pump and an improved housing market could also fuel growth in 2013.December sales improved for many retailers including The TJX Companies Inc.[(2)] (NYSE: TJX). TJX Companies' sales for the month of December came in 10% higher to $3.6 billion as compared to last year's sales figure of $3.3 billion. The off-price retailer saw its comparable sales grow by 6% over a year ago on the back of superior customer traffic which in turn was possible as the company exposed a wider and better choice of branded products in its stores at value prices.In the case of Kohl's sales fell short of estimates. Whilst the company's same-store sales were still 3.4% higher than a year back. Kohl's did not meet the company's sales projections, and the disappointing part was a large number of its sales were completed near the end of the holiday cycle, only when the retailer provided discounts on merchandise, thus narrowing its margin.Nevertheless, 2013 could be a year of growth for department stores, and those that can streamline operations could come out on top. See how these companies have performed over the past years and their projections are for 2013. Register today for free athttp://www.stockcall.com/register      Footer:Kohl's Corporation Technical Analysis [ http://www.StockCall.com/KSS011613.pdf ]  The TJX Companies Inc. Technical Analysis [ http://www.StockCall.com/TJX011613.pdf ]About StockCall.comStockCall.com is a financial website where investors can have easy, precise and comprehensive research and opinions on stocks making the headlines. Sign up today to talk to our financial analyst at http://www.stockcall.comSOURCE StockCall.comFor further information: William T. Knight, info@stockcall.com, +1-646-396-9857 (9:00 am EST - 01:30 pm EST)