Shoppers descend on an escalator at the Macy's Herald Square store in New York. Macy's Inc. reports quarterly financial results before the market opens on Feb. 25, 2014. (John Minchillo / AP)
New York — Macy’s Inc. is reporting an 11 percent increase in fourth-quarter profit, but its results missed Wall Street expectations as a string of winter storms chilled sales in January.
The department store chain, which operates Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s, says it earned $811 million, or $2.16 per share, in the three months that ended Feb. 1. That compares with $730 million, or $1.83 per share, a year earlier.
Revenue slipped 1.6 percent to $9.2 billion.
Analysts were expecting $2.17 per share on revenue of $9.28 billion, according to FactSet.
Revenue at stores open at least a year rose 1.4 percent, below the 2.5 percent increase that Wall Street analysts expected.
The Cincinnati-based retailer has been a standout among its peers throughout the economic recovery.