Retailers face a less dire situation this week than last, as earnings from off-price chain Ross Stores Inc. (ROST) and clothing company Gap Inc. (GPS) surpassed analysts’ expectations on Thursday.

While Gap and Ross both beat the Street’s estimates for Q1 earnings, sales and comp sales, which are up over last year, investors were disappointed with results from retailer TJX Companies Inc. (TJX).

In the recent period, discount retailers such as Ross and TJX have proved themselves more resistant to an overall department store disaster as shoppers surf the web and ditch the mall.

Better-Than-Expected Q1

In the recent period, specialty retailer Gap saw comp sales grow 2% year-over-year (YOY), with its Old Navy unit up 8% and its namesake brand and Banana Republic sales down 4%. Analysts highlighted the fact that this quarter is Gap’s easiest, compared to dismal results over the same period last year. First quarter adjusted earnings of $0.36 per share on revenue of $3.44 billion compared to estimates for EPS of $0.29 on sales of $3.39 billion. GPS stock sank almost 4% on Friday to $22.28 per share.

Dublin, Calif.-based Ross Stores pleased the Street with a 12.3% gain in EPS to $0.80 on revenue up 7% to $3.27 billion. Analysts’ had expected EPS to come in at $0.82 on revenue of $3.3 billion. Shares of the American off-price department chain Ross Stores closed up about 1.9% on Friday at $62.20 per share. While both Gap and Ross upped guidance, Ross’ outlook fell just short of the consensus.  

Upscale department store Bon-Ton Stores Inc. (BONT) dipped Thursday after posting same-store sales down 8.8%. The Children’s Place (PLCE) saw its shares soar to new highs after surpassing analysts’ expectations on Thursday, cooling off 5% on Friday. (See also: Morgan Stanley: TJX a Buy After Recent Sell-Off.)

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