Third-quarter profit at J.C. Penney fell by more than half as consumers cut back on spending and took less trips to the mall amid a deteriorating economic climate, the company said.
Profit for the three months ended Nov. 1 fell 52 percent to $124 million, or 56 cents per share, from $261 million, or $1.17 per share last year, the department-store operator said.
Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters expected a profit of 53 cents per share on revenue of $4.39 billion.
Sales in stores open at least one year fell 10.1 percent.
The company expects fourth-quarter earnings from 90 cents to $1.05 per share, below the $1.32 per share analysts are predicting.