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--Expects to be at the Lower End of Most Recent Adjusted Earnings Per Share Guidance--
--Announces Participation in 2018 ICR Conference--

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Jan. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Genesco Inc. (NYSE: GCO) announced today that comparable sales, including both stores and direct sales, increased 1% for the quarter-to-date period ended January 4, 2018. 

Same store sales decreased 2% and sales for the Company's e-commerce businesses increased 17% on a comparable basis for that period.  Comparable sales changes for each retail segment for the period were as follows:





Quarter-to-Date (January 4, 2018)


Comparable Sales
(Stores and Direct)

Journeys Group


Schuh Group



Lids Sports Group


Johnston & Murphy Group



The Company also announced that it continues to expect adjusted earnings per diluted share for the fiscal year ending February 3, 2018, in the range of $3.05 to $3.35. 

Robert J. Dennis, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Genesco, said, "Our fourth quarter results to date continue to be the tale of two businesses.  After a successful back-to-school season, Journeys' momentum built during the holidays, while Lids' challenges expanded.  We also experienced a promotionally-driven holiday in the U.K. at Schuh.  We still anticipate that comparable sales for the quarter will be flat to 1%, but we also expect to give up more gross margin in order to achieve those sales and end the year in an optimal inventory position.  Based on quarter-to-date results and current trends, we expect adjusted earnings per share within our most recently announced guidance range for fiscal 2018, with greater confidence toward the lower end of that range."

The Company's adjusted earnings per share expectations for Fiscal 2018 do not include the non-cash goodwill impairment charge, fixed asset impairments and other charges, estimated in the range of $186.3 million to $187.4 million pretax, or $8.27 to $8.31 per share after tax, for the full fiscal year.  They also do not include certain tax effects related to equity grants pursuant to the newly effective ASU 2016-09, estimated at $0.11 per share after tax.  This does not include the impact of the recently enacted federal tax reform, which the Company expects will result in a fiscal year tax rate that is approximately 1% lower than previously announced.  In addition, earnings do not include one-time charges related to tax reform.  A reconciliation of the adjusted financial measures cited in the guidance to their corresponding measures as reported pursuant to U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles is included in Schedule A to this press release.

Genesco plans to announce its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2018 results on March 15, 2018.

Genesco to Present at the 2018 ICR XChange Conference
Genesco also announced that management will present at the 2018 ICR Conference on Tuesday, January 9, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. (Eastern Time).  The audio portion of the presentation will be webcast live and may be accessed through the Company's internet website,  To listen, please go to the website at least 15 minutes early to register, download and install any necessary software.

About Genesco Inc.
Genesco Inc., a Nashville-based specialty retailer, sells footwear, headwear, sports apparel and accessories in more than 2,725 retail stores and leased departments throughout the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland and Germany, principally under the names Journeys, Journeys Kidz, Shi by Journeys, Schuh, Schuh Kids, Little Burgundy, Lids, Locker Room by Lids, Lids Clubhouse, Johnston & Murphy, and on internet websites, and  The Company's Lids Sports Group division operates the Lids headwear stores, the Locker Room by Lids and other team sports fan shops and single team clubhouse stores.   In addition, Genesco sells wholesale footwear under its Johnston & Murphy brand, the Trask brand, the licensed Dockers brand, G.H. Bass & Co., and other brands. For more information on Genesco and its operating divisions, please visit



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