If you've been investing long, you've probably noticed the short-term absurdity that can show up in day-to-day stock moves. Witness Talbots
Talbots will bid departing Chief Creative Officer Michael Smaldone farewell. Reinvigorating this perpetually withering brand will be a challenge for anyone who takes on his role. Once a brand gets tarnished, it's difficult to restore its luster, and Talbots has been struggling to pull off a turnaround for years.
The reality of Talbots' quarterly results should have sent investors running for safety. The retailer posted a wider-than-expected fiscal second-quarter loss of $37.3 million, or $0.54 per share. Total revenue plunged 9.9% to $271.1 million, and same-store sales fell 11.1%. Inventory rose 26%, and the company expects to keep on marking down its merchandise in the fiscal third quarter. No one wants to hear these kinds of numbers, especially from a company that has waged a long, fruitless fight to turn around its fortunes for far too long now.
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Even as Talbots treads water, plenty of other retailers have shown considerable strength in tough economic times. Teen retailer Buckle
Talbots doesn't need a new creative director. It needs a miracle worker. Unless you enjoy taking big, risky bets on wrecked companies, don't even think about trying this retailer on for size.Alyce Lomax owns shares of Urban Outfitters. The Motley Fool owns shares of Aeropostale. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.