Jo-Ann profits up two-thirds
May 19, 2004,
HUDSON, Ohio — Helped by stronger same-store sales, rising margins and lower interest costs; fabric and crafts specialty retailer Jo-Ann Stores Inc. boosted first-quarter profits almost two-thirds, up 63.4 percent, to $6.7 million from $4.1 million last year.
Sales increased 8 percent, to $404.9 million from $374.8 million, helped by stronger comps and new store openings. The crucial gauge of same-store sales climbed 6.6 percent, improving on a smaller year-ago gain of 2.6 percent.