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THE CATO CORPORATION REPORTS RECORD SALES FOR MAY

 THE CATO CORPORATION REPORTS RECORD SALES FOR MAY
 CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 4 /PRNewsiwre/ -- The Cato Corporation


(NASDAQ-NMS: CACOA) reported that its May sales for the four weeks ended May 30 were $24.1 million, an increase of 12.3 percent over sales of $21.4 million for the comparable period ended June 1, 1991. Same-store sales for May, 1992, or sales in stores that were open in the comparable month last year, increased 10.0 percent. That result was achieved on top of a strong May, 1991 same-store sales increase of 18.7 percent.
 For the 17 weeks ended May 30, sales were $100.2 million compared with $84.8 million in the previous year, an increase of 18.1 percent. The Company's year-to-date same-store sales increased 17.4 percent, compared with a year-to-date same-store sales increase of 14.2 percent through May, 1991.
 The Cato Corporation is a women's apparel specialty retailer operating under the names "Cato Fashions/Cato Plus" and "It's Fashion!" in 23 states. As of May 30, 1992, The Cato Corporation operated 496 stores compared to 519 stores at June 1, 1991. The Company's shares are traded on the NASDAQ National Market System under the symbol CACOA.
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 /CONTACT: V. Hollis Scott, Senior Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary, The Cato Corporation, 704-551-7266/
 (CACOA) CO: The Cato Corporation ST: North Carolina IN: REA SU:


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