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CLAIRE'S STORES REPORTS AUGUST SALES UP 3 PERCENT

 CLAIRE'S STORES REPORTS AUGUST SALES UP 3 PERCENT
 PEMBROKE PINES, Fla., Sept. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Claire's Stores, Inc.


(NYSE: CLE) today reported net sales for the month of August increased 3 percent to $19,973,000 from $19,348,000 a year earlier, with same- store sales declining 4 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.
 Year To Date $125,079 $127,335 - 2 pct. - 10 pct.
 "Back-to-School goods are selling through with much fewer markdowns than a year ago and sales trends continue to show gradual yet meaningful improvement," stated Rowland Schaefer, Claire's chairman and president. "September sales should benefit from the later Labor Day holiday and we anticipate reporting even better same-store sales results going forward," 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 1,010 stores in 47 states, primarily under the names "Claire's Boutiques", "Topkapi" and "Dara Michelle".
 -0- 9/3/92
 /CONTACT: David Buchsbaum, director of financial relations of Claire's Stores, Inc., 305-433-3900/
 (CLE) CO: Claire's Stores, Inc. ST: Florida IN: REA SU:


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