American Eagle (AEO) earnings Q1 2020

American Eagle (AEO) earnings Q1 2020

Matthew Mitchell, center, talks with customers as Sierra Phillips adjusts a denim display at the American Eagle/Aerie store at Easton Town Center in

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Matthew Mitchell, center, talks with customers as Sierra Phillips adjusts a denim display at the American Eagle/Aerie store at Easton Town Center in Columbus, Ohio on May 15, 2020.

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American Eagle Outfitters posted a steeper-than-expected loss on Wednesday, as sales and store traffic plummeted following coronavirus-led store closures, sending shares down as much as 10.5%.

The retailer, which withdrew its annual forecast in April, has experienced a drop in demand for its jeans and popular Aerie brand apparel, which include intimates and athleisure.

The Aerie brand recorded a revenue decline of 2%, compared with a 28% rise a year ago. Revenue at the American Eagle label fell 45% during the quarter.

The company also suspended its second-quarter dividend and does not anticipate declaring a dividend for the rest of this year to preserve liquidity.

American Eagle also said its net loss stood at $257.2 million, or $1.54 per share, compared with a profit of $40.8 million, or 23 cents per share, a year earlier, mainly due to an impairment charge of about $156 million related to COVID-19-induced closures of 272…



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