BREAKING NEWS Assault suspect may have 3-year-old with him, deputies say Full Story

Victoria's Secret customers are buying bras online ... and that's a problem

Victoria's Secret customers are shopping online, but it's not doing the company much good.The intimate apparel...

Posted: May 24, 2018 5:49 AM
Updated: May 24, 2018 5:49 AM

Victoria's Secret customers are shopping online, but it's not doing the company much good.

The intimate apparel chain's parent company, L Brands, reported on Wednesday that Victoria's Secret sales ticked up just 1% in the the first quarter of the year. Excluding online transactions, sales fell by 5%.

The brand, which stopped printing its catalog in 2016, has been trying to convince customers to go digital. Though the sales numbers show that it's working, it's spending a lot of money to get customers to make the transition.

L Brands slashed its earnings-per-share forecast for the rest of the year by more than 8%. First quarter profit plummeted by nearly half.

The news spooked investors. Shares of the company fell as much as 7% after the bell on Wednesday. This year, L Brand's stock has tanked 44%.

Related: Victoria's Secret owner is the S&P 500's worst stock

Still, Victoria's Secret sales performed better in the first quarter of 2018 than in the same period last year, when overall sales slumped 14%. And Bath & Body Works grew by 8% this quarter.

Victoria's Secret is facing steep competition from American Eagle Outfitters' Aerie, Gap's Love brand, and Amazon, which sells inexpensive bras and nightgowns under the Arabella brand.

- CNN's Paul R. La Monica contributed to this report.

Article Comments

31° wxIcon
Hi: 52° Lo: 32°
Feels Like: 31°
29° wxIcon
Hi: 57° Lo: 29°
Feels Like: 24°
36° wxIcon
Hi: 54° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 36°
North Bend
40° wxIcon
Hi: 59° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 34°
KEZI Radar
KEZI Temperatures
KEZI Planner