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May Comps Off To A Middling Start

NEW YORK - Same-store sales were up 2.6% in the first week of May, according to The Johnson Redbook Retail Sales Index.
     Month-to-date, May was up 2.6% compared to May of last year, relative to a revised target of a 2.8% gain. Month-over month showed a 1.3% drop, relative to a target of a 1.1% drop.
     Redbook's retail sample missed its target in the first week of May, said Redbook analyst Catlin Levis.
     "Mother's Day falls a week later this year than last, complicating comparisons for the first week; the one-week shift in Mother's Day had a depressing effect on the year-over-year growth rate," she continued. "Some Mother's Day buying was evident in sales of gifts and cosmetics, however, merchants anticipate the full effect of the event to occur in this coming week."
     Retailers are also expecting people to shop for school graduation in the coming weeks.

Johnson Redbook Index

First week of May, year-over-year % change

WEEK ENDED

    5/5

    5/12

    5/19

    5/26

  MONTH

  TARGET

Department stores*

1.9

   

1.9

2.1

Discounters

2.9

   

2.9

3.2

Redbook Index

2.6

   

2.6

2.8

*Including chain stores and traditional department stores

Source: Johnson Redbook Index

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