NEW YORK, United States — Ralph Lauren Corp. posted a bigger-than-expected quarterly loss on Wednesday as stores across the world that sell its jackets, coats and Polo shirts were forced to close due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Shares of the New York-based company, which have fallen over 30 percent so far this year, fell 2.5 percent in premarket trading.
Fashion capitals in Italy, France and the United States halted business activity through much of March and April to help curb the spread of the virus, hammering sales of luxury goods companies.
While nearly half of Ralph Lauren's stores in North America are now open, demand for clothing from high-end fashion companies is not expected to rebound quickly as the global economy enters a deep recession.
Ralph Lauren said it expects its fiscal 2021 results to also be significantly hit by the health crisis.
Net revenue fell 15.4 percent to $1.27 billion in the fourth quarter ended March 28, but was slightly above analysts' average estimate of $1.22 billion, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.
The company reported a net loss of $249 million, or $3.38 per share compared with a profit of $31.6 million, or 39 cents per share, a year earlier.
Excluding certain items, it lost 68 cents per share, while analysts were expecting a loss of 40 cents.
By Uday Sampath; editors: Anil D'Silva and Arun Koyyur