Five Below Reopens 90 Percent of Stores, Reports 44.9 Percent Decline in Net Sales in Latest Quarter

by Alex Tostado

Philadelphia — Five Below (NASDAQ: FIVE), a discount retail chain headquartered in Philadelphia, has now reopened 90 percent of its stores across the United States. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the company temporarily closed all of its 920 stores across 36 states on March 20 and began reopening them in late April. Five Below reported a net sales decrease of 44.9 percent from $364.8 million to $200.9 million between the first quarters of 2019 and 2020. The first quarter of the company’s 2020 fiscal year ended May 2. In addition, the company reported a net loss of $50.6 million in the first quarter compared with positive net income of $25.7 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2019. Five Below’s stock price closed at $113.67 per share June 10, compared with $131.82 per share at the same time last year.

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