Dollar Tree forecast full-year profit below Wall Street estimates on Wednesday, as costs mount and consumers restrict spending on discretionary products like apparel and party supplies.
Shares of the discount store operator were down about 4% in premarket trading after it also forecast first-quarter profit below expectations.
This slowing demand for higher-margin goods, typically more profitable than consumables like snacks and cookies, is expected to further dent margins while the company also battles higher labor and commodity costs.
Last week, Walmart also forecast full-year earnings below estimates and said people were increasingly shifting toward buying more food and consumables from general merchandise.
Dollar Tree said it expected gross and operating margins to decline in the first half of fiscal 2023, followed by expansion in the second half.
Dollar General, the other top discount store in the US, last week forecast 2023 profit well below expectations after cutting its earnings estimate for the all-important holiday quarter on heavy discounts, higher costs and inventory damage due to winter storm Elliott.
Dollar Tree saw gross margin improve 70 basis points to 30.9% in the fourth quarter, helped by higher initial mark-on and lower freight costs.
The company forecasts 2023 sales between $29.9 billion (€27.9 billion) and $30.5 billion (€28.5 billion), above estimates of $29.86 billion (€27.99 billion).