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Home categories sizzle at Ross Stores

Pleasanton, Calif. – Home was one of two leading departments in the third quarter, said Ross Storesvice chairman, president and ceoMichael Balmuthtoday, as the 798-store off-price retailer reported earningsshare of $0.31, up 24% from $0.25 for the same period one year ago.

Sales reached $1.36 billion, up 10% from $1.24 for the same period one year ago. Comp-store sales were up 4% over a year-ago comp gain of 9%.

“Home and shoes remained the top-performing merchandise categories,” said Balmuth, adding that both categories realized “comps in the high-single to low-double digits” for the quarter.

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