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CLAIRE'S STORES, INC. REPORTS SEPTEMBER SALES UP 16 PERCENT; SAME-STORE SALES INCREASE 8 PERCENT

 CLAIRE'S STORES, INC. REPORTS SEPTEMBER SALES UP 16 PERCENT;
 SAME-STORE SALES INCREASE 8 PERCENT
 PEMBROKE PINES, Fla., Oct. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Claire's Stores, Inc. (NYSE: CLE) today reported net sales for the month of September increased 16 percent to $21,111,000 from $18,206,000 a year earlier, with same-store sales increasing 8 percent.
 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.
 Quarter to Date $41,084 $37,554 9 pct. 2 pct.
 Year To Date $146,190 $145,541 0 pct. - 7 pct.
 "The concerted effort of our management team over the past 10 months to refocus our merchandise offerings, increase our inventory turnover, and improve our visual merchandising continues to strengthen our sales results," stated Rowland Schaefer, Claire's chairman and president. "These improvements give us confidence that we are positioned to report strong sales and earnings comparisons in the balance of the fiscal year," 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 1,015 stores in 47 states, primarily under the names "Claire's Boutiques", "Topkapi" and "Dara Michelle".
 -0- 10/8/92
 /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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