Bed Bath & Beyond shares plunge after earnings report

Bed Bath & Beyond shares plunged by about 12% in after-hours trading on Tuesday following a disappointing earnings report.

The retailer said its net earnings for the second quarter of fiscal year 2017 were $94.2 million, a significant drop from the $167.3 million it reported for the same period last year. Same-store sales fell by about 2.6% from this time last year.

The company said that while online sales grew by more than 20%, in-store sales have dipped.

The "unfavorable impacts" of restructuring costs and the damage sustained by Hurricane Harvey contributed to the results, Bed Bath & Beyond said in a news release.

The home goods provider is not the only traditional retailer struggling to keep up with online competitors.

Toys 'R' Us just filed for bankruptcy, succumbing to mountains of debt it accrued when trying to fight off Amazon and Walmart. The news is troubling or toy makers Hasbro and Mattel, who saw their stocks dip when the bankruptcy was just a rumor.

Across the board, stores are closing at an alarming rate as shoppers lose interest in brick-and-mortar locations. And as bad as things are now, Wall Street thinks things are only going to get worse.

According to analysis by Bespoke Investment Group, investors are more pessimistic about the retail industry now than they have been since September 2008.

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