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Lululemon falls after analyst sees lack of sales plan

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By Kevin Orland
Bloomberg News
Lululemon Athletica fell the most in more than three months after an analyst at Sterne Agee & Leach said the yoga-wear retailer didnít provide a clear strategy for improving sales at a recent presentation.
The shares fell 5.1 percent to $49.07 at the close in New York, the biggest one-day decline since Jan. 13. Vancouver, B.C.-based Lululemon has fallen 17 percent this year.
Lululemon has been working to regain shoppersí loyalty after it recalled one of its most popular styles of pants last year because they became too transparent when wearers bent over. Former Chief Executive Officer Christine Day worked to strengthen the retailerís product testing after the debacle, and new CEO Laurent Potdevin has said heíll work on improving the companyís clothing and expanding globally.
The retailerís managers, speaking in a presentation for analysts and investors last week, didnít provide specific plans to gain new customers or lure current shoppers into buying more, Sterne Ageeís Sam Poser said in a note on Sunday. Poser, whoís based in New York, rates the shares the equivalent of a sell. Lululemon last month said sales at stores open at least a year fell 2 percent on a constant-dollar basis in its fiscal fourth quarter.
ďA detailed constructive strategy, beyond the improved product, not just words, is needed to rebuild the aspirational quality of the Lululemon brand,Ē Poser wrote. ďMost of those who do not see the brand as damaged are loyal Lululemon customers, but new customers are needed for the long-term success of both the company and the stock.Ē
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