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'97 Features Archive

Success did not spoil me; I've always been insufferable. -- Fran Lebowitz

July Retail Sales Figures
August 12, 1997

                            Same-St Total
Men/General Apparel
American Eagle        AEOS   +13.9% +23.2%
Edison Brothers       EBS     -0.8% -12.7%
Filene's Basement     BSMT    +0.0%  +6.0%
Gap                   GPS     +6.0% +24.0%
Goody's Family ClothinGDYS    +8.4% +18.3%
Gymboree Corp.        GYMB    -5.0% +18.0%
Limited               LTD     +1.0%  +9.0%
Men's Wearhouse       SUIT   +13.2% +38.9%
Pacific Sunwear       PSUN   +18.0% +48.0%

Shoe
Footstar, Inc.        FTS     +3.8% +11.7%
Footaction (Footstar, FTS     -1.0% +23.2%
Meldisco (Footstar, InFTS     +5.9%  +5.9%
Payless ShoeSource    PSS     +2.2%  +8.4%
Shoe Carnival         SCVL   +13.6% +10.7%

Women's Apparel
AnnTaylor             ANN     -9.2%  -7.0%
Cache Inc.            CACH    -1.0%  +3.0%
Catherine's Stores    CATH    +4.1%  +5.3%
Cato Corp.            CACOA   +9.0%  +9.0%
Charming Shoppe       CHRS    +6.0%  +3.2%
Chico's FAS           CHCS   +25.8% +32.9%
Claire's Stores       CLE     +9.0% +17.0%
Designs Inc.          DESI    -8.0%  -6.0%
Dress Barn            DBRN    +9.0% +14.0%
Gantos Inc.           GTOS   -23.0% -22.0%
Intimate Brands       IBI     +7.0% +21.0%
MacFrugal's           MFI     +4.4%  +6.2%
Paul Harris Stores    PAUH   +18.0% +24.0%
Talbot's              TLB    +14.8% +22.0%
United Retail Group   URGI    +6.0%  +3.0%

Department (national)
Federated Dept. (Macy'FD      +8.6%  +9.3%
May Department        MAY     +5.7% +10.6%
Neiman Marcus         NMG     +7.5%  -6.8%
Penney, JC (DepartmentJCP     +2.0%  +3.0%
Penney, JC (ConsolidatJCP      N/A  +38.6%
Sears                 S       +2.4%  +5.9%

Department (regional)
Bon-Ton Stores        BONT    +8.3%  +6.7%
Carson, Pirie Scott   CRP     +7.9% +10.9%
Mervyn's (Dayton HudsoDH      +0.5%  -6.8%
Dayton Hudson DepartmeDH      -0.2%  +1.9%
Dillard Department    DDS     +8.0% +12.0%
Gottschalk's          GOT     +5.5%  +5.5%
Kohl's Dept.          KSS    +12.1% +31.4%
Mercantile Stores     MST     +2.6%  +5.7%
Proffitt's            PFT     +8.0% +45.9%

Discount/Deep Discount
Ames Department       AMES    +0.8%  +1.9%
Consolidated Stores (KCNS     +7.0% +14.0%
Dayton Hudson (ConsoliDH      +5.6%  +9.9%
Dollar General        DG      +9.7% +24.7%
Family Dollar         FDO    +11.2% +19.7%
K-Mart                KM      +9.2%  +5.9%
Ross Stores           ROST   +14.0% +23.0%
Target (Dayton Hudson)DH      +7.5% +15.0%
TJX Cos.              TJX     +7.0%  +9.0%
Wal-Mart              WMT     +6.0% +11.3%
Woolworth             Z       -5.8%  -7.9%

Club
Price/Costco          COST   +11.0% +14.0%
B.J.'s Wholesale Club BJ      +2.1%  +7.5%
Sam's Club (Walmart)  WMT     +1.0%  +2.0%

Regional Discount
Fred's Inc.           FRED   +11.0% +14.0%
Hill's Stores         HDS    -12.3% -15.9%
ShopKo                SKO     +7.8% +15.2%
Value City            VCD     +0.4%  +9.3%
Venture Stores        VEN      N/A   +6.8%

Bath/Bed/Kitchen/Drug
Lechters Inc.         LECH    +4.3%  +5.8%
Lechters Housewares (LLECH    +8.1%  +7.3%
Famous Brands HousewarLECH    -6.2%  +1.6%
CVS                   CVS    +11.6% +17.6%
Eckerd Drug (Penney, JJCP     +7.7% +100%
Stroud's              STRO    +4.6% +12.8%
Walgreens             WAG     +8.3% +12.2%

Home Repair
Hechinger             HECHA  -13.2% -14.9%
Lowe's                LOW     +7.0% +20.0%
HomeBase, Inc.        HBI     -3.6%  -1.4%

Furniture
Bombay Co.            BBA     +1.0%  +1.0%
Heilig-Meyers Co.     HMY     +1.5% +87.0%
Pier 1 Imports        PIR    +17.9% +12.7%

Consumer Electronics
Circuit City          CC       N/A  +11.0%
Tandy Inc. (Radio ShacTAN     +6.0%  +7.0%
Tandy Inc. (Computer CTAN    +11.0% +23.0%
Tandy Inc.            TAN     +7.0% +13.0%

Specialty
Michael's Stores      MIKE    +7.0%  +7.4%
Natural Wonders       NATW    -1.3%  +8.5%
Perfumania            PRFM    -2.7% +20.6%
Starbucks Corp.       SBUX    +7.0% +39.0%
Sunglass Hut          RAYS    +7.8% +18.7%
West Marine           WMAR    +6.0% +11.2%


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