Retail stocks slump as Victoria's Secret owner reports dismal sales

Victoria's Secret store front FBN AP

Retailers were caught in a widespread selloff on Thursday after L Brands (NYSE:LB), the owner of Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works, reported weaker sales than expected.

The report from L Brands highlighted worries over declining sales and store closures across the retail industry. Shares of L Brands tumbled 13 percent, and other retailers including Sears Holdings (NASDAQ:SHLD) were dragged lower in recent trading.

L Brands said Thursday that net sales in June fell 6% compared with last year during the same period, and same-store sales fell 9%, which is worse than industry analysts had expected.

It was part of a larger route in retail, the worst performing sector on the Standard & Poor's 500 index. Consumer discretionary stocks were down 0.6% on Thursday afternoon, and retailers accounted for six of the 10 top decliners on the S&P 500.

Shares in Sears fell more than 8.3%, and Urban Outfitters (NASDAQ:URBN) shares slid 5.7%.Kohl’s (NYSE:KSS), J.C. Penney (NYSE:JCP) and Macy’s (NYSE:M) each saw declines of 2% or more.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
LB n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a.
SHLD VICTORY PORTFOLIOS II VICTORYSHARES PROTECT AMER 33.63 +0.51 +1.55%
M MACY'S, INC. 17.29 +0.21 +1.23%
JCP n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a.
KSS KOHL'S CORP. 51.25 +1.02 +2.03%