Sales strong at September finish line
October 4, 2005,
NEW YORK -- Helped by cooler weather and a last-minute pick-up in sales of seasonal apparel, same-store retail sales firmed up during the fifth and final week of September, rising by 3.5 percent, and improving on a smaller 2.9 percent increase the week before, the Johnson Redbook Index reported.
For all of September, department store sales met their expectations with sales of 2.8 percent. And discounters modestly exceeded plan with a gain of 3.5 percent versus a target of 3.3 percent.
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