Spring Dreams Lift Comps

NEW YORK - Consumers anticipating spring and/or spring break helped boost comps during the third week of March, according to the Johnson Redbook.
     The Johnson Redbook Retail Sales Index rose 2.4% for the week ended March 19, with comps in the department store sector up 4.5% and same-store sales at discount up 1.4%.
     "Sales of spring apparel, especially swimwear, have been active as a lot of people are getting ready for spring break and vacations in sunny destinations. Sales of lawn and garden goods did well," said Catlin Levis, Redbook analyst.

Johnson Redbook Index
Third week of March, year-over-year % change

WEEK ENDED

3/5

3/12

3/19

3/26

4/2

MONTH

TARGET

Department stores*

4.8

4.2

4.6

  

4.5

5.2

Discounters

0.7

0.9

1.4

  

1.0

1.3

Redbook Index

2.0

2.0

2.4

  

2.2

2.5

*Including chain stores and traditional department stores
Source: Johnson Redbook Index

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