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Tuesday Morning sees bedding solution to comp sag

Dallas – Keeping most details close to the vest, Tuesday Morning Corp. today alluded to plans that would play up better performing categories such as bedding and electronics.

"We have certain categories of merchandise that are continuing to give us double-digit comp store increases that are outside the seasonal area," said Kathleen Mason, president and ceo of the off-price retailer, during its first- quarter conference call today.

Mason also expected good results from some special buys in categories that are trending up, Mason said, such as a "sheet omnibus" – designer sheets and bedding -- that the retailer will pitch to customers in May. Advertising is also slated for enhancement.

Tuesday Morning nearly maintained profit levels even while comps dragged. For the first quarter, same-store sales were down 4.5%, while overall volume was up 1.2% to $187.8 million. Net income declined 2.9% to $6.5 million.

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