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Bed Bath & Beyond Books a $300 Million First-Quarter Loss

By Demitri Kalogeropoulos – Jul 9, 2020 at 8:26AM

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The chain is preparing to close as many as 200 locations in a bid to cut costs.

A near doubling of its e-commerce business wasn't enough to protect Bed Bath & Beyond's (BBBY 3.78%) sales during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. The specialty retailer revealed on Wednesday that revenue fell by 49% in the fiscal first quarter, which included the challenging selling months of March, April, and May.

Temporary store closures pressured sales, although the home furnishings specialist did report a solid boost in its digital business. With help from offerings like curbside pickup, e-commerce sales improved 82% for the full period and expanded by over 100% in April and May.

"The impact of the COVID-19 situation was felt across our business," CEO Mark Tritton said in a press release.

A woman holding shopping bags at a mall.

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The collapsing sales level combined with impairment charges to generate $461 million of operating losses. Tax benefits improved that figure slightly, although net losses remained elevated at just over $300 million.

Bed Bath & Beyond said most of its stores have now reopened and the rising traffic volume is adding to its positive momentum online. Still, the retailer is preparing for a period of aggressive restructuring ahead, with plans in place to close roughly 200 stores over the next two years.

Demitrios Kalogeropoulos has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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