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LECHTERS REPORTS SALES

 HARRISON, N.J., Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Lechters, Inc. (NASDAQ: LECH) today reported sales of $77.8 million for the five week period ended Jan. 1, 1994, an increase of 10% over sales of $70.5 million for the December period in 1992. The company's comparable store sales decreased 2.7% during the five week period ended Jan. 1, 1994 as compared with the December period in 1992.
 Comparable store sales for the 1993 December period were impacted by the timing of the Thanksgiving holiday week. Thanksgiving was in the November 1993 reporting period vs. being in the December 1992 reporting period.
 Excluding the impact of this calendar change, comparable store sales for the five week period ended Jan. 1, 1994 would have increased approximately 0.7% vs. the comparable five week period ended Jan. 2, 1993 and total sales would have increased approximately 15%.
 Sales of $327.9 million were reported for the 48 week period ended Jan. 1, 1994, an increase of 18% over sales of $277.2 million for the same period in 1992.
 The company's comparable store sales decreased approximately 0.6% during the 48 week period ended Jan. 1, 1994 vs. the comparable 48 week period ended Jan. 2, 1993.
 Lechters, Inc., based in Harrison, operates 572 specialty houseware stores in 41 states as compared to 516 stores on Dec. 26, 1992, an increase of 11%.
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 /CONTACT: Philip J. Reilly of Lechters, Inc., 201-481-1100/
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