Ulta Beauty Issues Warning of Potential Business Slowdown, Stock Plummets

Ulta Beauty’s stock took a hit in intraday trading on Wednesday as the beauty products retailer reported a decline in business during the first two months of its fiscal first quarter. The CEO, Dave Kimbell, attributed this slowdown to a larger and earlier than anticipated decline seen across various price points and segments within the beauty category.

Kimbell warned that if this trend continues, Ulta Beauty expects current-quarter comparable store sales to be at the lower end of its previous guidance, which predicted a low-single-digit percentage gain. Despite these challenges, Kimbell expressed optimism that the pullback will ease later in the year.

The competition in the prestige makeup and hair care product categories is also taking its toll on Ulta Beauty’s performance. This has had a direct impact on the company’s performance during the earlier months of the year.

As a result of this news, Ulta Beauty’s shares fell into negative territory for the year as of Wednesday afternoon, with a 14.6% decline. This was not just limited to Ulta Beauty; other companies within the sector such as Estee Lauder and Bath & Body Works also experienced a drop in their stock prices by 4.3% and 3%, respectively.

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