Retail Comp Sales End February Shy of Mark
March 6, 2006,
New York — Same-store retail sales picked up by 3.0% during the fourth and closing week of February, but it wasn't enough to offset weather-related weakness earlier during the month, and sales for all of February missed their target, rising by 2.9%, slightly off a planned increase of 3.1%, the Johnson Redbook Index reported.
“A number of stores reported that excluding the snowstorm, sales were about on plan for the month following the strong January sales.”
Looking ahead, Levis said, “Over the next two months, sales gains will be affected by the floating Easter holiday, which occurs this year on the third week of April compared to the fifth week of March last year. This will hurt March and help April, and the months should be combined for fair comparisons.”
Levis said her preliminary target for March is a 3.4% gain over last year, but a decline of 1.6% from February.
Johnson Redbook Index
Fourth week of February, year-over-year % change
|*Including chain stores and traditional department stores
Source: Johnson Redbook Index
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