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LOWE'S ANNOUNCES WEEKLY SALES

 LOWE'S ANNOUNCES WEEKLY SALES
 NORTH WILKESBORO, N.C., Dec. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Lowe's (NYSE: LOW)


sales for the third week of December totaled $62.0 million, a 27 percent increase over the third week of December 1990. Sales to retail customers increased 25 percent and sales to contractors increased 35 percent.
 Week Ended: December 20, 1991 December 21, 1990
 Pct. Change Sales Mix Pct. Sales Mix Pct.
 Retail Sales +25 $ 45.3 73 $ 36.3 75
 Contractor Sales +35 $ 16.7 27 $ 12.4 25
 Total Sales +27 $ 62.0 100 $ 48.7 100
 Month-to-Date: December 20, 1991 December 21, 1990
 Pct. Change Sales Mix Pct. Sales Mix Pct.
 Retail Sales +18 $130.5 71 $110.8 71
 Contractor Sales +15 $ 52.4 29 $ 45.6 29
 Total Sales +17 $182.9 100 $156.4 100
 Rounded totals, millions of dollars
 Lowe's monthly sales report series will continue to summarize four- week, four-week, and five-week totals, including comparable store sales results. Lowe's quarterly news releases of sales and earnings will continue to present precise calendar totals.
 Lowe's is a specialty retailer serving the home center do-it- yourself business, the consumer durables business, and the building contractor business. Lowe's operates 306 stores in 20 states.
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 /CONTACT: Corporate contacts -- W. Cliff Oxford or Clarissa S. Felts, both of Lowe's Companies, Inc., 919-651-4631, or 919-651-4254/
 (LOW) CO: Lowe's Companies Inc. ST: North Carolina IN: REA SU:


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