January comp store sales ahead of plan
January 31, 2006,
NEW YORK -- Helped by warmer weather and steep post-holiday markdowns, same-store retail sales jumped up by 4.1% over year-ago levels during the fourth and closing week of January, pushing comp sales for the entire month up 3.5%, solidly ahead of plan, the Johnson Redbook Index reported today.
"Retailers in our model closed the month and, for most, the fiscal year, on a firm note, with results in the final week generally on or better than plan" said Redbook analyst Catlin Levis. The Redbook preliminary target for February is for year-over-year same-store sales growth of 3.2%, or 0.3% ahead of January.