Coach Drops to Lowest Price Since January on Store Sales

Coach Inc. (COH), the largest U.S. luxury handbag maker, dropped to the lowest level in almost five months amid investor concern that department-store sales are slowing.

Coach fell 2.3 percent to $61.38 at 11:49 a.m. in New York, after touching $59.81, for the lowest price since Jan. 12. The stock, which was the seventh-worst performer in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, had risen 2.9 percent this year before today.

Coach, which has dominated the U.S. luxury handbag category for more than a decade, is up against increasing competition from Ralph Lauren Corp. (RL), Michael Kors Holdings Ltd. (KORS) and the Kate Spade brand. In April, the New York-based company reported fiscal-third quarter sales that beat analysts’ estimates by the smallest margin in 11 quarters as North American department- store sales slipped.

“Slowing industry sales trends at department stores” are driving the decline, David Schick, an analyst at Stifel Nicolaus & Co. in Baltimore, wrote in a note to clients today. Michael Kors also dropped, for the same reason, wrote Schick, who recommends buying Coach.

“Obviously, the macro environment is uncertain and one of the things that we work hard to do is to navigate nimbly through that environment,” Chief Executive Officer Lew Frankfort told investors June 5 at a Piper Jaffray Cos. consumer conference.

“So this quarter there are some puts and takes, but overall I think that you will be pleased with our results, although of course we have nearly four weeks to go.”

Michael Kors fell 5.3 percent to $36.55.

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