RH stock falls after company slashes forecast for the year

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RH shares dropped 6% in the after-hours session Wednesday after the retailer formerly known as Restoration Hardware dialed down its outlook for the year, saying demand has slowed thanks to a “deteriorating” economy.

RH RH, -2.65% said it expects a fiscal-2022 revenue decline of between 2% and 5%. The furniture and home goods retailer in June called for revenue growth between flat and up 2% — itself a lowered expectation — and already sounded worried, seeing “softening demand” amid economic uncertainty.

RH kept unchanged its guidance for a second-quarter revenue decline between 1% and 3%.

“The deteriorating macro-economic environment has resulted in lower-than-expected demand since our prior forecast, and we are updating our outlook, particularly for the second half of the year,” Chief Executive Gary Friedman said in a statement.

Demand will continue to slow down throughout the year, thanks to rising mortgage rates, declining home sales and rising interest rates, Friedman said.

The next several quarters will be a “short-term challenge,” the CEO said. RH is expected to report fiscal second-quarter results in early September.

Shares of RH have dropped nearly 39% this year, compared with losses of around 18% for the S&P 500 index SPX, -0.07%.

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