U.S. same-store sales slump due to staffing shortages

U.S. same-store sales slump due to staffing shortages

Domino's Pizza Inc. reported its first negative U.S. same-store sales effect in 41 quarters on Thursday due in part to staffing shortages, the pizza delivery company said

Domino's DPZ reported revenue of $997.99 million, which fell short of the FactSet consensus of $1.03 billion last year, but rose from $967.7 million in 2009 to $997.99 million. The same-store sales fell 1.9% in the U.S.

Domino s executives note that U.S. same-store sales for the same period last year grew 17.5%, the biggest spike since the company went public in 2004.

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The declining sales in U.S. stores this quarter was driven by lower order counts, according to Jessica Parrish, vice president, corporate controller and treasurer for Domino s, according to a FactSet transcript of the earnings call.

Our U.S. order counts during Q 3 were pressured by a very challenging staffing environment, which had certain operational impacts such as short store hours or customer service challenges in many of our stores. The company also made a distinction between the results for its franchise locations, which have a more dense and diverse footprint compared to their firm-owned locations which are heavily cultural and higher in income compared with hotel locations, which have less scope.

And Domino s said it got a boost from economic stimulus cash with the positive effect of that money beginning to taper off.

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Recall that we incurred additional bonus pay for frontline team members in the third quarter of last year, and although we made investments in front line wage rates during Q 3, we continue to experience staffing shortages in certain of our company-owned stores, Parrish said.

Domino's stock climbed after the earnings announcement, but rebounded with the day by trading to an increase of 1.7%.

We believe this factor likely affected multiple restaurant concepts Q 3 U.S. same-store sales and could be an issue in Q 4 as well, wrote Kalinowski Equity Research in a note, referring to the staffing shortage.

The Domino s stock rose 26.4% for the year to date, while the S&P 500 index SPX, increased 18% for the period.