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Bed Bath & Beyond says it’ll share its comeback strategy inside days


Signage is displayed outside of a Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. store in Los Angeles, California, U.S., on Monday, Sept. 19, 2016.

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Bed Bath & Beyond said Thursday that it’ll soon share its turnaround strategy, because it burns through money and tries to win back customers ahead of the vacation season.

The house goods retailer can have an investor update Wednesday morning, it said in a news release. Shares rose greater than 5% in after-hours trading Thursday.

Interim CEO Sue Gove said in the discharge that the corporate’s call will include “a preview of strategies and changes being implemented across the enterprise to deliver results for all stakeholders.”

She added: “We recognize the strong interest in our company and our plans to raised serve customers, recapture market share, drive growth and profitability, ensure our vendors are supported, and strengthen our balance sheet.”

Bed Bath & Beyond is on the clock to grow sales and persuade investors that it has a path forward. It’s in search of a recent CEO after its board pushed out Mark Tritton earlier this summer. It has lost market share to competitors, because it trimmed back its 20% coupons and introduced unfamiliar private brands. And its shares have plummeted, especially after activist investor Ryan Cohen sold off his entire stake in the corporate last week.

On top of that, the house goods sector is under pressure, lapping a period of unusually strong demand through the peak of the pandemic. Additionally it is a discretionary category that’s more vulnerable as shoppers spend more on food and other necessities due to inflation. Those cooling sales have left many blenders, toaster ovens and occasional makers on deep discount at big-box and specialty stores alike.

Bed Bath said in June that its first-quarter net sales¬†were down 25% 12 months over 12 months, leading to a net lack of $358 million. It didn’t give a forecast, but said on the time that it expected sales to get better within the second half of the fiscal 12 months.

The economic backdrop compounds Bed Bath’s troubles, said Neil Saunders, managing director of GlobalData Retail.

“When you are running up a down escalator, internally, with the external environment, you are running up the down escalator that is on superspeed,” he said. “It’s a extremely difficult, if not not possible, task because this just isn’t the most effective of environments to be attempting to recreate your online business.”

It’s reportedly searching for a lifeline from lenders. Based on a report by The Wall Street Journal, the corporate is near finalizing a $400 million loan to provide it money to pay the bills and construct credibility with suppliers. The report cites people aware of the matter. The corporate is finalizing negotiations with Sixth Street Partners, which has lent money to other troubled retailers including J.C. Penney, the Journal said.

Bed Bath has made other changes, together with ousting its CEO. Former merchandising chief Joe Hartsig, one in every of the architects of its private label strategy, has left the corporate together with Tritton. It has a recent chief accounting officer. It launched a recent loyalty program and has axed at the very least one in every of its private brands, Wild Sage.

As of Thursday’s close, shares are down about 31% thus far this 12 months. Shares closed on Thursday at $10.10, down about 2.5%. The corporate’s market value is $807.6 million.

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