Retailers and shipping carriers reported ecommerce earnings results with mixed findings on demand and consumer sentiment.

More retailers in Digital Commerce 360’s Top 1000 list of leading ecommerce retailers in North America reported ecommerce earnings results for the most recent fiscal quarter. Retailers reported mixed results on demand returning to normal levels. Here’s the ecommerce earnings summary you need to know from this quarter. Read more ecommerce earnings coverage here.

Parentheses indicate the merchant’s ranking in the Top 1000. Inc. (No. 1)

Amazon beat expectations with earnings for its fiscal fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, 2023. Its net sales in the quarter grew 14% year over year to $170.0 billion. 

Full-year sales grew 12% to $574.8 billion in 2023, up from $514.0 billion in 2022.

Read more about Amazon’s earnings here.


Boot Barn Inc. (No. 366)

Boot Barn reported that net sales grew 1.1% to $520.4 million in its fiscal third quarter ended Dec. 30. Ecommerce same-store sales declined 11.5%, and retail same-store sales declined 9.4%.

“Our online channel has felt pressure due to less efficient online marketing spend, partly caused by an increase in digital spend by a handful of vendors and competitors,” CEO Jim Conroy said. “Our objective continues to be to maximize profitability for our online business, so we will remain disciplined with our digital spend so as not to erode earnings and our desire to grow the top-line sales,” he said. The retailer expects further ecommerce declines next quarter.

Columbia Sportswear Co. (No. 149)

Columbia reported net sales declined 9% to $1.1 billion in its fiscal fourth quarter ended Dec. 31. Net sales declined 1% for the full year. U.S. net ecommerce sales declined by a high single-digit percent, the retailer said without specifying further.

“Softer consumer traffic and weather weighed on results. Our DTC business performed well during peak sales windows like Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but fell off during non-peak periods,” CEO Tim Boyle said.


Costco Wholesale Corp. (No. 6)

Costco said net sales grew 6.1% to $56.72 billion in its first fiscal quarter of 2024 ended Nov. 26, 2023. Ecommerce comparable sales grew 6.3% in the same period. E-gift cards, snacks and pet items were all strong in the ecommerce channel, the retailer said.

Read more on Costco’s earnings here.

Deckers Brands (No. 74)

Deckers reported revenue grew 16% to a record $1.56 billion in the fiscal third quarter ended Dec. 31.

“Our brands delivered Deckers’ largest quarter in history, with record revenue and earnings as both HOKA and UGG drove exceptional performance in the quarter, led by our DTC channel and high levels of full-price selling,” CEO Dave Powers said in a statement.


Pitney Bowes (shipping carrier to the Top 1000)

Pitney Bowes announced revenue declined 4% to $872 million in its fiscal fourth quarter ended Dec. 31. Full-year revenue declined 8% to $3.3 billion. Revenue from global ecommerce declined 7% in the fourth quarter to $381 million and was down 14% for the full year. Meanwhile, domestic parcel volume grew, it said. 

Pitney Bowes is a shipping carrier to 104 retailers in the Top 1000.

Sally Beauty Supply LLC (No. 523)

Sally Beauty said consolidated net sales declined 2.7% to $931 million in its fiscal first quarter ended Dec. 31. Comparable sales declined 0.8% during the period. Online sales remained flat with the year-ago period, comprising $91 million in sales.

The beauty retailer reported some improvements in demand, with a return to normalcy among customers over the holiday season.


Skechers USA Inc. (No. 302)

Skechers said sales for the fiscal fourth quarter ended Dec. 31 grew 4.4% to $1.96 billion. Annual sales grew 7.5% to a record $8.0 billion. Direct-to-consumer sales, which encompass ecommerce, grew 20.3% in Q4 and 24.3% for the whole year. Meanwhile, wholesale sales declined 8% for both the fourth quarter and full year.

Online DTC sales recorded double-digit growth, Skechers said.

“The momentum in our direct-to-consumer segment is indicative of strong consumer demand driven by the combination of our fresh and innovative product paired with effective brand marketing. We are excited about our omnichannel growth opportunities as we continue to deliver on our strategy to expand our direct-to-consumer presence worldwide,” said John Vandemore, chief financial officer. 

United Parcel Service Inc. (shipping carrier to the Top 1000)

UPS consolidated revenue declined 7.8% to $24.9 billion in its fiscal fourth quarter ended Dec. 31. Consolidated operating profit declined 22.5% during the same time period to $2.5 billion. The carrier said it will eliminate 12,000 jobs this year as a plan to generate $1 billion in cost savings as revenue and package volume decline.


532 online retailers in the Digital Commerce 360 Top 1000 use UPS for their fulfillment — either exclusively or in combination with other carriers.

Read more about UPS’ earnings here.

Target Corp. (No. 5)

Third-quarter sales declined 4.9% for the mass merchant, to $25 billion from $26.12 billion in its fiscal third quarter ended Oct. 28. Meanwhile, Target online sales decreased 6% year over year. Moreover, Target’s online sales declined 6.7% year over year for the first nine months of its fiscal year.

Read more about Target’s earnings here.


Tractor Supply Co. (No. 99)

Tractor Supply reported net sales declined 8.6% to $3.66 billion in its fiscal fourth quarter ended Dec. 30. The retailer did not share ecommerce sales for the quarter but said annual online sales topped $1 billion for the first time in 2023. It also reached 7 million mobile app downloads, with 2 million of those downloads in 2023.

“We continue to capitalize on opportunities to accelerate our growth,” CEO Hal Lawton told investors. “Between our website and our mobile app, we have more visitors online now than we do in our stores. These digital assets are essentially the front door to Tractor Supply. We’ll be focused this year on improving our digital customer experience and capability as we look to accelerate conversion rate.”

Lawton cited poor weather, high interest rates and inflation as headwinds facing Tractor Supply and impacting consumer demand.

Walmart Inc. (No. 2)

Walmart reported that U.S. online sales grew 24% for its fiscal 2024 third quarter ended Oct. 27. Global ecommerce sales grew 15% over the same period, while international ecommerce declined 3%.


U.S. comparable sales grew 4.9%, and total revenue grew 5.2% to $160.8 billion.

Read more about Walmart’s earnings here. Inc. (No. 47)

1-800-Flowers revenue declined 8.4% to $822.1 million in the second fiscal quarter ended Dec. 31. Ecommerce revenue declined, but slightly more slowly. It was down 6.6% to $738.4 million. Average order value grew 3% year over year as higher-income consumers became a larger percentage of the customer base and tended toward more expensive gifting purchases, the retailer said. Meanwhile, lower-income consumers continued to be impacted by macroeconomic pressure and cut back spending. 

During the first half of our fiscal year, we have been prudent with our marketing spend in a challenging consumer environment in which we didn’t see an adequate return on investment,” president Thomas Hartnett said.


So what does it mean?

  • UPS and Pitney Bowes both recorded declining revenue during the peak holiday season. UPS is still grappling with the fallout of its near strike last year and recovering volume it lost during that period.
  • Footwear retailers Skechers and Deckers both recorded significant growth in their most recent quarters, with major gains in DTC sales. Other apparel retailers did not report the same gains in consumer demand.

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