J.C. Penney ($JCP) has been putting up a valiant fight to survive the retail apocalypse. CEO Jill Soltau has been trying to focus on apparel over less profitable major appliance sales. She’s apparently testing out a store layout that incorporates yoga studios, gaming lounges, and lifestyle workshops.

JCP even partnered with ThredUp (PRIVATE:$THREDUP) on a secondhand clothing exchange system. But according to today’s earnings, and our alternative data, the company’s efforts aren’t panning out. 

JCP’s shares have lost 35% of its value in 2020. They were down 7% this morning. The retailer announced that there will be at least six store closings this year. According to Yahoo, sales at stores open for more than a year fell 7% in the quarter ended earlier this month, slightly below expectations. Revenue fell 7.7% to $3.49 billion, slightly above expectations of $3.44 billion.

Just over the past year, JCP closed 17 of its stores.

The company’s LinkedIn headcount reflects this downsizing. The number went down from 38,900 last December to 34,000 today. That's a 13% decrease.

J.C. Penney might need more than a few yoga mats to turn things around. 

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