In this July 10, 2015, photo, shoppers walk into a Macy's department store at the Hanover Mall in Hanover, Mass. Macy's Inc. reports quarterly financial results before the market opens on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

In this July 10, 2015, photo, shoppers walk into a Macy's department store at the Hanover Mall in Hanover, Mass. Macy's Inc. reports quarterly financial results before the market opens on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia) (The Associated Press)

Macy's explores new avenues of growth as it reports 2Q profit decline, sales shortfall

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Macy's is reporting a 26 percent drop in profits and a sales shortfall after it was hobbled by weak tourist spending and West Coast port delays in the second quarter.

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Macy's earned $217 million, or 64 cents per share, in the quarter ended Aug. 1. That compares with $292 million, or 80 cents per share, in the year-ago period.

Revenue was down 2.6 percent to $6.1 billion from $6.26 billion.

Analysts had expected 76 cents per share on sales of $6.22 billion, according to FactSet.

Macy's also said Wednesday that it plans to beginning selling goods in China this year through Alibaba, the giant online retailer.