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RealReal’s stock slumps after loss warning, job cuts

Shares of RealReal Inc. slumped 2.4% in morning trading Tuesday, after the online luxury consignment site warned of a wider-than-expected net loss for the first quarter, but provided an upbeat outlook on gross merchandise volume (GMV). The company also said in response to the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has cut its overall workforce by 10% and furloughed about 15% of its staff, as it has temporarily closed its stores and luxury consignment offices. The company said it was off to a “strong start” for the quarter until the spread of COVID-19 led to shelter-in-place and social distancing mandates. It now expects a first-quarter net loss of $39.9 million to $38.9 million, compared with the FactSet consensus for a loss of $30.4 million. Gross merchandise value is expected to be up about 15% from a year ago to $258 million; the average estimate of two analysts surveyed by FactSet was $224.5 million, with a range of $156.9 million and $292.0 million. The stock has shed 56.9% over the past three months, while the S&P 500 has lost 14.0%.Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.

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