L Brands Inc LB
Q1 2013 Earnings Call Transcript
Transcript Call Date 05/23/2013

Operator: Good morning. My name is Lorale, and I will be your conference operator today. At this time, I would like to welcome everyone to the Limited Brands' First Quarter 2013 Earnings Call. All lines have been placed on mute to prevent any background noise. After the speakers' remarks, there will be a question-and-answer session.

I will now turn the call over to Ms. Amie Preston, Chief Investor Relations Officer for Limited Brands. Please go ahead.

Amie Preston - IR: Thanks, Lorale. Good morning, everyone, and welcome to our first quarter earnings conference call for the period ending Saturday, May 4, 2013.

As a matter of formality, I need to remind you that any forward-looking statements we may make today are subject to our Safe Harbor statements found in our SEC filings.

Our first quarter earnings release and related financial information are available on our website, limitedbrands.com. Also available on our website is an investor presentation, which we will be referring to during this call. The call is being taped and can be replayed by dialing 1-866-NEWS-LTD. You can also listen to an audio replay from our website.

Stuart Burgdoerfer, EVP and CFO; Sharen Turney, CEO, Victoria's Secret; Nick Coe, CEO, Bath & Body Works; and Martin Waters, President of International are all joining us today. After our prepared comments, we will be available to take your questions for as long as time permits, so that we can speak with as many of you as possible, please limit yourself to one question.

Thank and now I'll turn the call over to Stuart.

Stuart Burgdoerfer - EVP and CFO: Thanks, Amie and good morning, everyone. Our first quarter results were good in many respects. Earnings per share increased 17% to a record $0.48. Total sales increased 5% and comps increased 3% on top of a 7% increase last year, and inventories were well-managed.

Operating income improved significantly at Bath & Body Works and in the other segment, but declined in Victoria's Secret. Total operating income dollars increased 6%, a result we are not satisfied with.

First quarter traffic trends were challenging and we responded with incremental promotions to drive traffic. Our first quarter comp increase of 3% was in line with our guidance, but our merchandise margin rate was down in the quarter below plan. The merchandise margin rate decline was offset by SG&A leverage of 50 basis points. We took action in the first quarter to reduce home office overhead and incurred severance cost related to these reductions. While these actions did not benefit the first quarter, we will see SG&A expense reductions as a result (indiscernible).

We delivered earnings per share $0.03 above the high end of our guidance despite the negative impact of about $0.03 from severance cost and higher tax rate, which were not included in our guidance.

Turning to the balance sheet on Page 6, retail inventories per square foot at cost ended the quarter up 3% versus last year. We are very comfortable with our inventory position. They are clean and in good shape.

We repurchased 1.2 million shares of stock in the first quarter for $54.7 million. At quarter end, we had $184.2 million remaining under our current $250 million repurchase program.

Turning to Page 8 of the presentation for our forecast for 2013, we expect earnings per share between $0.50 and $0.55 in the second quarter against last year's adjusted $0.50 result. Our second-quarter earnings forecast reflects a low single-digit comp increase. We expect the second-quarter gross margin rate to be down to last year driven by continued anticipated pressure on our merchandise margin rate. We expect the second quarter SG&A rate to decrease versus last year, driven by our continued focus on expense management.

We expect to end the second quarter with inventory per square foot up mid-single digits to last year quarter. Quarter-end inventories will be impacted by the calendar shift and relaunches planned in both Victoria's Secret and Bath & Body Works. As a reminder, our third quarter is our lowest volume quarter, and therefore it will be more challenging to leverage expenses and grow earnings in Q3.

For the full-year, we are projecting positive low single-digit comps. Total sales growth on a 52 to 52-week basis will be about 2 points higher than comps due to growth in square footage and/or international business. We expect our full year gross margin and SG&A rates to be down slightly to last year. Non-operating expenses for the year are projected between $285 million and 290 million, consisting principally of interest expense. Before any discrete items our tax rate will be approximately 38%. We are forecasting weighted average shares of about $295 million in the second quarter and the full-year. Assuming all of these inputs, we expect adjusted earnings per share for the full year 2013 to be between $2.95 and $3.15 per share. We are projecting 2013 capital spending of about $650 million. The increase in CapEx versus last year is attributable to increased real estate investment at Victoria's Secret, primarily to increased square footage for Pink and lingerie.

As detailed on Page 9 of the presentation, Victoria's Secret square footage in United States will increase by just under 4% this year driven by expansions of existing Victoria's Secret stores and the opening of about 50 new Pink stores. Total Company square footage will increase by just under 3%. This activity will put more pressure on buying an occupancy expense in the near term, including non-cash charges for accelerated depreciation on stores that are remodeled before the end of their lease term, but as we shared at the update meeting in October these projects are generating returns in excess of (30%). We will continue to closely monitor the results of this activity.

Turning to liquidity, we expect free cash flow in 2013 of about $650 million to $750 million. We remain committed to returning excess cash to shareholders through a combination of share repurchases and dividends. Our free cash flow and cash position along with the additional availability under our revolving credit facility result in very strong liquidity which is more than sufficient to fund our working capital, capital expenditures, dividends and any other foreseeable needs.

Thanks and now I will the turn the discussion over to Sharen.

Sharen Jester Turney - CEO and President, Victoria's Secret: Thank you Stuart and good morning, everyone. Our first quarter results are detailed on Page 11 of your presentation materials. In the Victoria's Secret segment our results did not meet our expectations as operating income declined $18 million or 7% from last year. Nearly half of this decline was driven by a calendar shift related to a marketing campaign. We made investments in real estate, technology and store label to enable future growth with the knowledge that it would make it more challenging to increase profitability in the quarter. In addition, we experienced softer than expected top line growth, as well as lower merchandise margin rate as a result of increased promotional activity. These were the primary drivers to our mix and operating income expectations in both channels.

In the stores channel, first quarter sales increased 5% and comps were up 3% on top of a 9% increase last year. Our growth in sales came from both Pink and beauty and we continue to have record conversion rate. While the total bra business was up to last year, it did miss our expectation, as a result of softer than expected launch.

Our merchandise margin dollars increased. However, the margin rate declined as a result of three drivers. First, we increased promotional activity in response to weak mall traffic. Second, we continue to see strong customer response to marketing programs, including GWP, Direct Mail and Secret rewards. Lastly, due to the calendar shift from the 53rd week, there were marketing related impact on merchandise margins that fell into the first quarter versus the second quarter last year.

Operating income dollars decreased as higher merchandise margin dollars were more than offset by growth in buying and occupancy expense and SG&A expenses driven by our investment in real estate and the in-store experience. These were deliberate investment and we are confident that it will provide strong returns in the future.

In the direct channel, first quarter sales decreased 6%, as decreased apparel sales offset strong growth in lingerie and Pink. As you know we are transitioning our apparel business, while at the same time distorting our marketing resources to the core business of the brand; bras, panties, Pink and beauty. We plan the apparel business to be down this season. With the 30% reduction in styles and 25% reduction in inventory these results were below our expectation, down roughly 20%. In hindsight, we believe we went too far, too fast. As we go forward, we will work to get the right combination of assortment, style count and inventory that our customer wants and expect from Victoria's Secret.

Our direct channel's first quarter merchandise margin rate was about flat to last year, however, merchandise margin dollars decreased on the sales decline. Operating income dollars declined as the decline in merchandise margin dollars more than offset a reduction in expenses.

Looking ahead to the second quarter, we are excited about our assortment and are also excited about our real estate and technology investment. We have the right fashion and newness across our channels and we will continue to focus on servicing our customers. We will continue to achieve the right promotional balance between driving traffic into our stores and maintaining the integrity of our brand, while leveraging speed and agility to adjust our assortments. Our inventories are well positioned which allows us to optimize our business. We are confident in our upcoming broad launches which have tested well. Our semi-annual sale begins in June. In closing, we know where we need to get better and are focused on improving our results into second quarter.

Thanks, and now I will turn it over to Nick.

Nicholas Coe - CEO, Bath & Body Works: Thank you, Sharen and good morning, everyone. At Bath & Body Works we delivered sales and operating income growth versus last year's record performance in the first quarter. Comps increased 3% against 6% last year after a softer start in February we were able to achieve a full comp during the March and April time periods.

Customers responded to newness in both form and fragrance in our three key categories; our Signature Collection product line, the soap and sanitizer business and our home fragrance assortments.

Total sales for the quarter were $530 million, up 5% or $25 million versus last year. The difference between the comp increase and the total sales increase was strong sales performance in the BBW direct channel. For the first quarter our operating income was $73 million, up $12 million or 21% from last year. Operating income as a percentage of sales was 14% in the quarter and was up 180 basis points to last year. Gross margin rate in the quarter was about flat to last year. SG&A expenses leveraged versus last year. The BBW direct channel also delivered operating income growth versus last year in the quarter. We finished the quarter with inventory levels down to last year. Looking ahead to the second quarter, we will continue to introduce newness and innovation in both form and in fragrance. This month we transitioned from our ballet Italy theme into our newest signature collection fragrance Pure Paradise, which is available in all forms.

We're excited about the assortment and we will continue to manage expenses and inventory conservatively. Our overall focus continues to be about getting faster than better at understanding and satisfying our customer's needs, whilst providing them with a world class in-store experience. In addition to focusing on products and fragrance launches, we will continue to test and read results of new product offerings and promotional strategies, while maintaining flexibility in our inventory to read quickly to our customers preferences.

With that, I'll turn the discussions over to Martin Waters.

Martin Waters - President, Limited Brands International: Thanks, Nick, and good morning everyone. My comments this morning will focus on an update of our international businesses. We believe our opportunity for international growth is significant given the leadership position and awareness of our brands and the successes we have seen to-date.

We made a lot of progress in the first quarter with all of our international businesses showing improvement. The Victoria's Secret international, we continue to be pleased with performance of our full assortment stores. We now have 26 stores in Canada and we'll open another eight stores during the balance of this year.

In the U.K., we continue to be very pleased with our store on Bond Street London and with the London Stratford store. We are on track to open stores in Manchester, Leeds, and Sheffield this summer. Elsewhere in the world, the three Victoria Secret full assortment franchise stores in the Middle East under our partnership with Alshaya continued to do very well and we have committed to open another one or two stores this year and several more in 2014.

Our Victoria Secret Beauty and Accessories business continues to progress well and we ended the quarter with 126 stores open and are on track for nearly 200 stores by the end of 2013. We opened our first two Victoria's Secret beauty and accessory stores in Hong Kong this past month and we're very pleased with early results.

In Bath & Body Works international we are now up to 72 stores in Canada and 43 stores under our franchise partnership with Alshaya. We continue to be very pleased with performance of BBW outside of USA and in 2013 we will open another seven stores in Canada and another 15 or so stores with Alshaya.

Turning now to La Senza, we continue to see some signs of progress within the business. Comps in Canada increased 5% in the first quarter and our merchandise margin rate was up significantly to last year. We continue to be encouraged by the repositioning work we're engaged in creating a distinct in compelling customer proposition that is globally appealing and highly scalable around the world. Our franchise partners will open another 10 to 20 net stores in 2013, which will purchase at over 350 stores by the end of the year. We still have a way to go to get La Senza to an acceptable performance, but we are encouraged by recent results.

So that's an update on international, as I know you know we are not dependent on international for growth, our overarching priority is the strength of our brands in North America.

With that I'll say thank you and turn it back over to Amie.

Amie Preston - IR: Thanks Martin. At this time we're ready to take your questions. We do have a shorter amount of time on this call this morning due to our Annual Meeting, which was this morning, so please limit yourself to one question in consideration of others. Thanks and I'll turn it over to Lorale.

Transcript Call Date 05/23/2013

Operator: Kimberly Greenberger, Morgan Stanley.

Kimberly Greenberger - Morgan Stanley: Amie, my question is for Sharen on Victoria's Secret. Sharen, I am wondering if you could just help us understand your outlook in the bra category. I know that the business didn't perform to your expectations here in Q1. What sort of launches do you have coming in the pipeline? You said you are encouraged by what we've got coming and is 2Q a big quarter for the bra category or does it sort of accelerate in 3Q and 4Q, if you could just help us with that?

Sharen Jester Turney - CEO and President, Victoria's Secret: Let me just kind of set some context about the bra business. Our bra business in the first quarter was up 4%. We exited about 1 million units that we sold last year that were not in the assortment this year. Performance of those bras started decreasing significantly in Q2 last year (indiscernible) was the right thing to do. We launched Angel's Fantasies bra and were able to up some of that volume, but not all. We were also going up our largest launch ever, Very Sexy last year and we have high expectations this year for our multi-brand category. We did get double-digit results, but it did fall slightly short of our expectations. So, when you add all of that up and we were still able to run at 4%, so I am very optimistic. We continue to have balanced growth across good, better, best. Good is growing a little faster because of the fashion in the mix and match program and in the Pink (indiscernible) but again we are seeing growth across the good, better, best category. I feel good about Q2. Q2, we do not have a real media launch, that means putting TV behind it nor have we had in the past. We have already (landed) the launch bra for the second quarter. It is a smaller launch quarter than the first quarter. Our biggest launch quarter comes out in the third quarter, this year because of the shift in calendar will be starting in the last week of July.

Operator: Omar Saad, ISI Group.

Zick - ISI Group: This is (Zick) in for Omar. Could you give us some more color around how the Hong Kong stores are doing and what do you think the longer term opportunity is in this market?

Martin Waters - President, Limited Brands International: We opened two stores in Hong Kong in the last month. One in IFC Centre, which is the most fashionable centre in the whole of Hong Kong and the second in New Town Plaza in the New Territories, which is more representative of more mainstream Hong Kong. Both are great centres for Chinese stores. So, we feel that we are exposing the VSBA proposition to a significant number of tourists from all over the world, but also most importantly from mainland Chinese stores. Another results are really very encouraging and we'll open a third store within the next month or so and we are looking to open more stores in the balance of '13 and '14.

Operator: (indiscernible), Sterne Agee.

Unidentified Analyst - Sterne Agee: Sharen, I know the Pink business has been a phenomenal growth engine in the past few years. Can you maybe talk about the performance of Pink in Q1 and how you see that comps -- that concepts growth trajectory going forward? Also, how you view that concept internationally? Is that can be an opportunity? And then secondly, can you talk about the beauty business and maybe how you're thinking about that business as you start to get Suzy's revamped assortment in the stores and time for holiday this year?

Sharen Jester Turney - CEO and President, Victoria's Secret: The Pink had a strong Q1, both bras and panties were very strong in Pink. We had a little midst in apparel, basically in the licensed apparel business. We feel very strong about our Pink go forward. We continue to see momentum. We continue to believe that we can double that business as we go forward. We are expanding the real estate in Pink. We are actually opening up around 15 new free-standing Pink stores. We're also expanding the Pink real estate and when we do that we see very high productivity in those stores. Then when we pull Pink out of the Victoria Secret stores, the Victoria Secret store actually even gets more powerful, so one plus one is equaling three in these centers where we're doing that. So we feel very strong about the opportunity that we have. The other thing that makes me very confident about Pink is that Pink is a very balanced business, it has a lingerie component of it, which is about 45%, it's about 10% accessories and then the rest is in the apparel category, but it's just not in the fleets category of apparel, it's in yogurt category, so it has a broader assortment. So, it's a very balanced business, not weighted heavily to one category or none. We as you know, we do have some free-standing Pink stores in Canada that we're pleased with the results. So I do believe that we have opportunity to continue the momentum of Pink, to continue the brand recognition that we have and we're very excited about the positioning as we go forward. When I think about the beauty business and as Suzy is new, I think we're making great progress. We saw the beauty business gets stronger in the first quarter. I think when you are really going to see the effects of the beauty business as we go into the fall season. Our focus is primarily around our five fragrance business and how we are repositioning that. I feel probably stronger about the new launch of fragrance that we have in August, which is perfect fragrance for back-to-school. So, we are excited about the opportunities that we have there. As we have expanded in our new real estate, we actually have not grown the real estate as much in beauty as we have in some of the other categories but the productivity growth that we see and the opportunities that we see are terrific. As you see the strength of the beauty business is being able to exported into the international land, but asset with VSBA shows you the strength and the power of this beauty business.

Operator: Erika Maschmeyer, Robert W. Baird.

Erika Maschmeyer - Robert W. Baird: Could you walk us through and provide some additional detail around the cost cuts you made in severance where things were trimmed and do you see additional opportunity to make cuts as you go throughout the year if the top line is disappointing?

Stuart Burgdoerfer - EVP and CFO: So, with respect to the management of expenses and actions that we took in the quarter. The first theme or maybe the most important point that I would reiterate which we have been clear about for long time is that the company is very committed to growing expenses lower than sales. So, this is a very firm commitment. It is hard to improve you operating income rate and we believe we have significant opportunity to do that without managing expenses growing at a rate slower than sales. So, that's potentially the most important point. With respect to the actions that we talked about and took in the first quarter, contextually, not as significant as the actions that we took in the summer of '07 or in January of '09, but with that said, we did reduce home office overhead and that involved personnel expenses and other outside spending. We didn't get a lot of benefit from that in the first quarter because we took the action in the first quarter. We'll get benefit through the remainder of the year as I indicated in our prepared remarks and that benefit is included in the updated guidance that we've provided it's really just another lever, if you will, to make sure that we deliver on that guidance. So, hopefully that answers your question. Obviously, as we go through the year, we work hard to manage our near term variable expenses in line with sales and most significant of which is store payroll obviously and you know that we are investing in that to make sure that we provide great customer experiences, but with that said, our brands Bath & Body Works and Victoria's Secret worked very hard to flex store selling cost in relation to the current selling trend.

Operator: Matt McClintock, Barclays.

Matthew McClintock - Barclays: Stuart, I was hoping you could actually elaborate on the last comment that you just made, in particular, on the investments that you are making in store selling within Victoria's Secret, specifically. Could you perhaps just add some color on the overall trend for the returns that you are seeing on those investments, are those returns stable, are they declining, are they actually increasing?

Stuart Burgdoerfer - EVP and CFO: Well, the most important investment and I think you are referring more to store payroll, but the most important investment that we're making in Victoria's Secret relates to the real estate and we have talked about the returns related to that investment, again 30% normally on average and we've also talked about the P&L pressure that that puts on the business in the near term, but again believe that those investments are very good investments. With respect to store selling costs, the business has been working in meaningful ways over the last several years to improve the selling experience and with that investing in those costs. Sharen, may want to elaborate. But the business continues to focus on that opportunity, which we believe is an important lever in driving sales. So, we're going to continue to invest in those costs. We also think we'll be able to continue to get more productivity related to those investments as we move forward. Sharen, you may want to elaborate.

Sharen Jester Turney - CEO and President, Victoria's Secret: No, I think that we want to have the best-selling service model that we can and really making sure that we have outstanding customer service. I think one of the key measures that you can look at as well is that just looking at our consistent improvement in conversion that we're getting. Obviously part of that's the product, but as well it's really thinking differently about how we're using our selling staff. I think it's a big part of our future.

Operator: Jennifer Davis, Lazard Capital Markets.

Jennifer Davis - Lazard Capital Markets: Quick kind of calendar question I guess. We're hearing different things from different retailers about the calendar shift and the impacts between the quarters. So, could you talk about or compare the volumes of the impacts of those weeks in early May and August and November? And then related to that, is there any shift in the timing of the semiannual sales due to the calendar and the number of days of the semiannual sale at both divisions are same this year?

Amie Preston - IR: So, we'll start with store for calendar shift in general, and then we'll go to Sharen and Nick for the question about semi-annual sales.

Stuart Burgdoerfer - EVP and CFO: With respect to calendar shifts really the two clearest points that I would want to make are, and Sharen elaborated on this in her prepared remarks, is that Q1 operating income was hurt by the timing of the CRM campaign for Victoria's Secret. That had a negative impact on margin rate and a negative impact on expenses in Q1. So, that's clear – definite effective calendar shift. As we look at weeks in versus weeks out we do have different outcomes by business, meaning that major businesses Victoria's Secret stores, Bath and Body Works and important Victoria's Secret direct and the headline that I would put on that is that the effect of calendar shifts for the Company, in total, through the balance of the year at the end of the day is not material. Now, there are some differences in weeks so in Q2, for example, the week that comes in for Victoria's Secret August week one is greater in volume than the week that comes out but again when it all washes out and we have – I have a schedule in front of me that I am looking at when I look at all of that and I think importantly just for our investor community the effects aren't that significant on operating income for the balance of the year. So, that's really the second point that I would register and Sharen and Nick may want to comment on semi-annual sales.

Sharen Jester Turney - CEO and President, Victoria's Secret: Sure. Semi-annual sales on the store side is the equal start and equal amount of date this year versus last year. On the direct side, we are extending it three days because it was going to end – it was going to end right before 4th of July and we said you know what 4th of July is a promotional weekend let's run it through the 4th of July and end that to the 4th of July. So, basically it is the same amount of date, except for that extension over the 4th of July for direct.

Nicholas Coe - CEO, Bath & Body Works: It is Nick. So, we will be the same – fundamentally the same timing and the same number of days for the June sales. The only difference we think in this time is to maybe keep a small portion of at least provide the flexibility to extend potentially as we go into July, which is really about recognizing just how promotional the marketplace is as we go into July we're still in (high) summer still very promotional. So, we've set ourselves up with the flexibility to be able to leverage that if we need to.

Operator: John Kernan, Cowen and Company.

Jerry - Cowen and Company: It's (Jerry) on for John. You guys had a pretty significant improvement in the operating income in your other business. I was wondering if you could give us some color on what drove that and kind of walk us through how we should plan the profitability of the other segment over the next few years?

Amie Preston - IR: Sure thanks, Jerry. We'll go to Stuart.

Stuart Burgdoerfer - EVP and CFO: There are a lot of components in that other segment. What the key driver of improvement in the first quarter was the level of expenses we had a year ago related to pre-opening costs related to international expansion. With that said, we did also have broad based improvement in operating results in the international business and had more profit related to mass global sourcing in the other segment as well in Q1, so maybe three points to make. First is, not incurring pre-opening cost at the same level as we did a year ago; second point, no improvement – operating improvement across the international businesses; and third point, greater profit in the other segment related to sourcing year-on-year. As it relates to the balance of the year, we would expect to have continued improvement in the other segment, but as we see it today anyway there are a lot of moving parts as we see it today probably not at the same level that we experienced in Q1.

Operator: Oliver Chen, Citigroup.

Nancy Hilliker - Citigroup: This is Nancy filling in for Oliver Chen. My question is could you tell us a little bit more about the drivers of better merchandise margin going forward and perhaps whether, what your view is on the status of consumer at this point and whether that drove the promotional activity in 1Q?

Amie Preston - IR: Thanks Nancy. We'll go to both Nick and Sharen for that question.

Nicholas Coe - CEO, Bath & Body Works: So, I think the thing that was in our favor this year was where we have to be more promotional to combat traffic, we were able to do that in really margin rich product areas that really helps keep our margin in place. I think the bigger aspect for us is we're always going to be focused on first quality selling and trying to react as quickly as we can with our read and react model into things that are working to get the full price selling rather than focused on where we're going to be cost or margin wise and that's continue to prove to us to be one way of ensuring we keep our margins in a healthy place as well our first quality selling in a healthy place.

Sharen Jester Turney - CEO and President, Victoria's Secret: As I think about the business going forward, I do think that we will see some (indiscernible) a little improvement on margin rate. I think the environment remains uncertain. So, what we're going to do is remain focused on what we can control. We'll maintain maximum agility to chase what's working and manage any downturn as a result of the macroeconomic environment. I think as we go into second quarter, we looked very well positioned with our marketing activities, with our assortment changes that we've made. So, I feel cautiously optimistic.

Operator: Brian Tunick, J.P. Morgan Securities.

Brian Tunick - JP Morgan: I guess, for Stuart and Sharen maybe a little more on that lead time discussion. I know it's been a big focus for the Company. So, maybe can you talk about how it actually worked in reality over the past few months at Victoria's Secret as sales have come in a little softer. How has shortening the lead time cycle helped you guys? And then the second question on market intensification you guys have talked about before any update here on how many markets you are in with that program and how that's changed your view relative to sales per square foot opportunities?

Amie Preston - IR: We'll start with Sharen and then I think maybe Nick can also speak about our lead times.

Sharen Jester Turney - CEO and President, Victoria's Secret: We've shortened our lead times across every single category, and we have the ability in panty program to be able to talk about it on Monday night, and within 15 days have reorders in. The same within our broad categories is about 30 days in terms of reacting to the bras. We continue to think differently about how we use our speed models. It's a great testing vehicle for (color). I think that we continue to maximize our ability to read, react and chase and it influence about 33% of our business in the first quarter.

Amie Preston - IR: And then market intensification?

Sharen Jester Turney - CEO and President, Victoria's Secret: So, market intensification today, we are very pleased with what's happening in market intensification. We actually are in four major markets today, expanding to the fifth market as we go into our second quarter, which is Los Angeles. We see that the performance in all of these markets continue to be above the Company average. The only market that came out a little bit softer for us was in the New York, New Jersey and there is a lot of moving pieces and targets about what's happened in New York and New Jersey, but still above the Company average. The launch we're taking across the fleet as quick as we can. The testing that we're doing around our selling models are proving to pay out, it takes time. So, we are very optimistic about the increases we're getting in sales, the increases that we're getting in productivity, the increases that we're getting in our customer service force, the increase that we're getting in conversion within these markets. Nick?

Nicholas Coe - CEO, Bath & Body Works: So, let me elaborate on lead time a little bit. So, I think, if I break it into a couple of chunks. I think the first place is, obviously this is allowing us to make significantly later decisions and therefore with that much closer to market. So, clearly a benefit there, but then leaves us in a position to have a significantly more flexible open to buy, so we are able to choose where we want to make our investments that much closer. The beauty really for us is then the ability to watch the customer and see what she's responding to or not responding to, and therefore manage our inventories to be in line with that, which obviously then has a great knock-on effects, that allows us to be really pushing towards a higher mix of full price items and therefore our ability to maintain margin remains pretty much intact.

Amie Preston - IR: Thanks Nick. I think we've got time for one more question. I apologize I know we're not going to get to many of you, but we have a board meeting that we have to get to, so one last question.

Operator: Christian Buss, Credit Suisse.

Darla Shay - Credit Suisse: This is actually Darla Shay on for Christian. Could you talk a little bit about what you're seeing from the ramping of the U.K. Victoria Secret source? How is the brand being received at and then what you've learned thus far that you're going to apply to the openings later this year?

Martin Waters - President, Limited Brands International: We've learnt an enormous amount in the last 10 months or so in the U.K. Recall the two stores we have in the U.K. are quite different, so the Bond Street store is a very large full assortment store, primarily driven by traffic from all over the world, so an enormous amount of business in that store is tourist driven, really is a great flagship for the brand internationally. Then quite separate from than that the store at Strafford is more representative of what we would see rolling across the U.K. and other parts of the world. That model is much closer to a typical model format that you might see in North America. In terms of the performance that we see substantially similar to business performance in North America or in the U.S. and Canada and while there are some differences in terms of size and color and fashion choices, for the most part it's a substantially similar results to that that we see in the U.S., which of course is very helpful when looking to scale the brand. So, I think what you would expect to see in the next three stores that opened are something very substantially similar to what you see in the Strafford right now and we're excited to share the results later this year.

Amie Preston - IR: Thank you. Thanks, everyone for your continuing interest in Limited Brands.

Operator: This concludes today's conference call. You may now disconnect.