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Weather warms up comp gains

Third week of March  year-over-year % change

Week ended 3/6 3/13 3/20 3/27 4/3 Month Target
*Including chain stores and traditional department stores
Source: Johnson Redbook Index
Department stores* 2.3  2.5 2.7 2.5 2.9
Discounters 3.6 3.8 4.1 3.8 4.1
Redbook Index 3.1 3.3 3.6 3.4 3.7

New York – Aided in part by favorable year-over-year- comparisons, same-store sales last week rose 3.6%, the Johnson Redbook reported today.

Discounter comps jumped 4.1%, while department stores record a 2.7% comp gian.

Sales of women’s apparel trended up across all price points, said Catlin Levis, Rebook analyst. Lawn & garden products also did solid business.

“A number of retailers reported an improvement in business over the week as temperatures in most parts of the country turned warmer; St. Patricks’ Day promotions and pent-up demand also helped sales,” she said.





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