Same-Store Sales Slow
September 6, 2004,
Skewed lower by sputtering sales at the nation's big discounters, same-store retail sales limped ahead 1.3 percent during the fourth and final week of August, growing at roughly half their pace of the first two weeks of the month, and falling far short of their target.
The weakness was all in the mass-merchant channel, and during the closing weeks of August, in contrast to recent trends, sales growth at department stores easily outpaced that at discounters. During the final week, department stores grew comps 1.7 percent, far outpacing discounter growth of 1 percent.
Johnson Redbook Retail Sales Index
Fourth week of August
|*Including chain stores and traditional department stores.
Source: Johnson Redbook Index