J.C. Penney reports hefty 3Q loss
NEW YORK – The bad news just keeps piling on at J.C. Penney Co.
The chain on Friday reported a third-quarter loss that's much wider than Wall Street expected on revenue that plunged 26 percent in the latest sign that customers aren't happy that the department-store chain ditched hundreds of coupons and big sales it offered each year in favor of everyday low pricing. It's the third consecutive quarter of losses and steep sales declines that Penney has reported since the change.
The results underscore the challenges Penney's CEO Ron Johnson, the former Apple Inc. executive who came on board a year ago, faces as he attempts to change the way people shop. Under Johnson, Penney has been changing everything from its merchandise to its stores. But the centerpiece of his strategy has been to tweak pricing, with the goal of weaning deal-addicted customers off of the kind of heavy discounting that eats away at a retailer's profits.
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