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CLAIRE'S STORES, INC. REPORTS OCTOBER SALES UP 11 PERCENT; SAME-STORE SALES INCREASE 5 PERCENT

 CLAIRE'S STORES, INC. REPORTS OCTOBER SALES UP 11 PERCENT;
 SAME-STORE SALES INCREASE 5 PERCENT
 PEMBROKE PINES, Fla., Nov. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Claire's Stores, Inc. (NYSE: CLE) today reported net sales for the month of October increased 11 percent to $16,466,000 from $14,895,000 a year earlier, with same- store sales increasing 5 percent.
 "We are pleased to report these October sales results as they represent stronger sales activity at better margins from a lower overall inventory position than at the same period a year ago," stated Rowland Schaefer, Claire's chairman and president. "With lean inventories, we remain well-positioned to profitably meet any changes in consumer demand during the all important Holiday selling season," he concluded.
 Claire's Stores, Inc., the nation's premier retailer specializing in one-stop shopping for women's fashion accessories, currently owns and operates 1,025 stores in 47 states, primarily under the names "Claire's Boutiques", "Topkapi" and "Dara Michelle".
 CLAIRE'S STORES, INC.
 (Monthly Sales to Date in 000s)
 FY FY Total Same-Store
 Reporting Change 1993 1992 Change Change
 February $14,071 $14,148 - 1 pct. - 9 pct.
 March $18,827 $21,582 - 13 pct. - 20 pct.
 April $18,641 $16,335 14 pct. 4 pct.
 First Quarter $51,539 $52,065 - 1 pct. - 9 pct.
 May $16,353 $16,983 - 4 pct. - 12 pct.
 June $20,009 $21,148 - 5 pct. - 14 pct.
 July $17,205 $17,791 - 3 pct. - 8 pct.
 Second Quarter $53,567 $55,922 - 4 pct. - 11 pct.
 August $19,973 $19,348 3 pct. - 4 pct.
 September $21,111 $18,206 16 pct. 8 pct.
 October $16,466 $14,895 11 pct. 5 pct.
 Third Quarter $57,550 $52,449 10 pct. 3 pct.
 Year To Date $162,656 $160,436 1 pct. - 6 pct.
 -0- 11/5/92
 /CONTACT: David Buchsbaum of Claire's Stores, Inc., 305-433-3900/
 (CLE) CO: Claire's Stores, Inc. ST: Florida IN: REA SU:


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