BARRICADES AT TIFFANY’S: Company Issues Sales Warning Due to Anti-Trump Protesters

The company reported an excellent quarter and the stock is higher by 6.5% early on. However, they issued a warning due to its flagship NYC store undergoing notable softness, thanks to all of the progressives protesting the democratically elected candidate for President of the United States, Donald J. Trump -- right next door at Trump Tower. An analyst from Cowen believes foot traffic could be halved, due to the wanton fuckery that is pervasive and ongoing outside the building. Truly, this cannot be happening at a worse time for Tiffany's, especially when considering the business climate is robust for their overpriced wares and idiot bracelets. The flagship NYC store accounts for about 8% of overall sales. Here's the scene outside of Trump Tower.    Source: Bloomberg

Tiffany & Co. said the protests and heightened security around the residence of President-elect Donald Trump have hurt customer traffic at its flagship New York store -- and the company isn’t sure when things will get better.   The shop on Fifth Avenue, next to Trump Tower, has seen “sales softness” compared with the year before and relative to the company’s other U.S. stores, Tiffany said in a statement Tuesday. The location is Tiffany’s largest.   “The company cannot provide any assurance that sales in that store will not be negatively affected by this activity in the fourth quarter or in any future period,” the jeweler said.   Traffic at the store, which has an entrance next to Trump Tower’s, could be cut in half, Cowen & Co.’s Oliver Chen said in a note this month. The analyst trimmed his fourth-quarter earnings forecast for Tiffany by 3 cents a share.   “Donald Trump’s election victory may cause an unforeseen headwind to the business in the fourth quarter,” and the disruption could linger and deter foot traffic through the key holiday selling season, Ike Boruchow, an analyst at Wells Fargo & Co., said in a note.   Anti-Trump protests have broken out near the residence of the president-elect, and barricades have been erected around the building to control traffic and pedestrians. Tiffany, whose corporate offices also are based in New York, has encouraged customers to enter its store through a side entrance.   Elsewhere, Tiffany’s business showed signs of improvement. The company posted third-quarter earnings and sales that topped analysts’ estimates -- led by rebounding demand in Asia -- sending the shares up in early trading.

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