Service Sector Archive

Tiffany Net Up However Issues Downbeat 1Q View

Tiffany & Co.’s (TIF) fiscal fourth-quarter earnings rose 0.7% from a prior year weighed down by headquarters relocation costs, while the jewelry retailer’s sales fell short of consensus estimates. Tiffany warned it expects fiscal first-quarter adjusted earnings to decline about 15% to 20% due to gross margin pressure and higher marketing-related costs,

Royal Caribbean Swings to Loss on Impairment Charge

       Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCL) swung to a fourth-quarter loss as the cruise ship company recorded a massive impairment charge, although net yields–a key industry metric measuring revenue per available cruise day–beat expectations. For the year, the company projected per-share earnings of $2.30 to $2.50, below recent estimates of

McDonald’s Net Up 1.4%, U.S. Business Rebounds

  McDonald’s Corp.’s (MCD) fourth-quarter profit rose 1.4% as the company’s U.S. sales trends rebounded and its profitability improved, though business in Europe and Japan continued to lag. McDonald’s, the world’s largest fast-food chain, has seen its quick fixes for the U.S. business prove successful. It recently went back to advertising its

UPS, TNT Deal Falls Apart

  United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS) said Monday it has abandoned its protracted, $6.8 billion bid to take over smaller Dutch parcel-delivery company TNT Express NV (TNTEY), after encountering unexpectedly stiff objections to the deal from the European Commission’s antitrust regulator. Despite months of negotiations, UPS said it expects the Commission to

How To Profit From Support Breakdowns And Resistance Breakthroughs

Whole Foods Market, Inc. (WFMI) owns and operates a chain of natural and organic foods supermarket. As of September 30, 2008, the Company operated 275 stores organized into 11 geographic operating regions, 264 stores in 38 United States of America states and the District of Columbia; six stores in Canada, and five

Sector Overlook: Food Retail Sub-Industry

Analysts and experts believe that food retailers have developed strategies focusing on differentiating themselves from competitors through diverse products and services rather than low prices. The low prices is going to hurt the industry and make it unsustainable for most. By providing niche products and services food retailers have avoided a price

Sony Playstation 3: Two Thorns Away From Glory

Sony Corp (SNE) creator of Playstation 3 has two thorns in their path to glory. Nintendo Ltd (NTDOY) creator of Wii Microsoft (MSFT) creator of XBox 360 PS3 has a hard drive to store game data and music and can play DVDs using Sony’s Blu-ray high definition technology. PS3 sales took off

Will Facebook Bite The Dust

Facebook is a social networking website popular with teenagers. It is ranked 7th most visited site in U.S. with 2.3 million photos uploaded daily by the members. That sure is an amazing figure. Like MySpace, Facebook is a potential buyout target for the big guns. But surprizingly Facebook has rejected any offer

Newspaper blogs beats newspaper news…

The number of visitors to the blog pages of the top 10 online newspapers grew 210% in the past year, far outpacing growth to the parent sites. NetRatings Inc. NTRT found that while the unique audience to online newspapers grew by 9% in 2006 where as the number of visitors to blog

Netflix v/s Blockbuster

Last year Netflix NFLX has fallen 14%, while its arch rival Blockbuster BBI is up 67%. So what changed? Let us first understand what do they do and what are their business models. What does Blockbuster do ?Blockbuster is one of the largest movies and video games rental chain in the world.