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CARSON PIRIE SCOTT & CO. COMPARABLE SALES FOR DECEMBER UP 6.7%

 MILWAUKEE, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Carson Pirie Scott & Co. (NASDAQ/NMS: CPSC) (formerly P.A. Bergner & Co.) today reported that sales for the five weeks ended Jan. 1, 1994, increased by 6.7% on a comparable store basis to $221.4 million.
 SALES SUMMARY ($ in millions)
 Sales Period
 1993 1992 Percent (A) Comparable
 Change Store Sales
? Percent Change
 December $221.4 $214.2 +3.4% +6.7%
 Year to Date $1,096.8 $1,101.9 (0.4%) +2.8%
 Total Stores 63 68
 (A) Comparable sales represent sales of those stores open during both years.
 Stanton J. Bluestone, president and chief executive officer of Carson Pirie Scott & Co., commented, "The December sales performance was very satisfying considering last year's comparable store sales growth was a significant +7.0%. Our combined November and December comparable store sales increase was 6.2% over last year. Another bright spot for the period was that the stores that were recently remodeled recorded comparable store gains of +14.0%. I am pleased that the Cosmetic and Home categories generated double digit sales increases while the Apparel business recorded a modest sales increase despite intense competition and discounting."
 Carson Pirie Scott & Co. emerged from Chapter 11 proceedings on Oct. 29, 1993, and its common stock shares began trading on NASDAQ National Market Systems on Nov. 1, 1993. Carson Pirie Scott & Co. is the tenth largest department store retailer in the United States. The company operates 38 Carson Pirie Scott stores in greater Chicago, Indiana and Minnesota; 14 Bergner's in downstate Illinois and Wisconsin; and 11 Boston Stores in Wisconsin.
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 /CONTACT: at Carson Pirie Scott (Investors) Darren Jackson, VP Treasurer, 414-278-5717; or (Media) Edward P. Carroll Jr.- executive VP marketing, 414-347-5340/
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