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Amid New Jewelry Merchandising Strategy, J.C. Penney Delivers ‘Blowout Quarter’

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The retailer is finding success as other big chains struggle.

J.C. Penney enjoyed a promising fourth quarter even as the holiday period proved less so for other national retailers like Walmart and Macy’s, according to The Street. The article says that J.C. Penney reported $4 billion in revenue, higher than the $3.9 billion forecast, as well as a 4.1 percent increase in same-store sales as part of a “blowout quarter.” Same-store sales have now increased in each of the last two years, which “implies that J.C. Penney’s merchandising and promotional efforts are resonating with deal-hungry consumers.” And there may be even more gains ahead, as the retailer said its new merchandising concept – which includes a revamp of its jewelry sections – has delivered early returns.

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